How to Grow Pink Lady Apples

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A crossing of Golden Delicious and Lady William apple varieties resulted in the hybrid Pink Lady being developed by the Australia Department of Agriculture in 1979. As a native of sun-filled Western Australia, Pink Lady apples, also known as Cripp's Pink, are best suited to Zones 6 through 9 because they are a late-harvest apple requiring a longer growing season. Typically, Pink Lady apples are ready for picking from late September through early October. With a pink blush skin and white flesh, they have a sweet and tart taste. Pink Lady apples are good for both snacking and baking.

Things You'll Need

  • Pink Lady whip Large bucket Shovel
  • Select a 1-year-old whip with a 7/16- to 1/2-inch diameter trunk and good root system.

  • Choose a site with full sun, preferably morning sun, and good drainage. This semi-dwarf variety will mature to 9 to 11 feet tall by 5 to 8 feet wide—be sure to allow enough growing room.

  • Soak the roots in a large bucket of water for one hour before planting the tree.

  • Dig a hole that is two to three times wider than the root ball.

  • Place your Pink Lady tree in the center of the hole; backfill it halfway with soil, firmly pat down the soil, then backfill the remaining soil. Pink Lady apple trees are not fussy about their growing medium.

  • Water thoroughly, keeping soil moist, not wet, throughout the growing season.

Tips & Warnings

  • Pink Lady apple trees are self-pollinating, which means it is the only apple tree specimen you need in your garden. As a semi-dwarf variety, Pink Lady apple trees bear fruit in three to five years and is easy to harvest in any home garden. Feed your Pink Lady apple tree once a year with a nitrogen fertilizer.
  • Pink Lady is a trademark of Brandt’s Fruit Trees Inc. and managed by Pink Lady USA. Check the grower’s label on the Pink Lady apple tree you are purchasing to be certain it is properly identified.

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  • Photo Credit apple on the tree image by Igor Zhorov from Fotolia.com
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