Apple - Crabapples - Cultivation
Crabapple trees grow in climates with warm days and cool nights. There are many different varieties of Crabapples grown for ornamental use and also for the fruit. They require full sun and rich, well-draining, and slightly acidic soil. Crabapple trees need to be frequently watered in the first couple of years of planting, and organic mulch can help encourage growth and keep moisture in the soil. Crabapple trees are low maintenance and only need occasional pruning in the winter to remove dead branches. The main threat to Crabapples is apple scab during humid summers, but many varieties have been bred to be resistant to the disease. Crabapples trees are typically planted in the early spring and can take up to five years before bearing fruit. Crabapples are harvested in the fall.