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Heirloom Apple Trees, White Pearmain
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Malus spp.

The White Pearmain is the oldest known English apple. The mildly sweet and pleasantly aromatic flesh is firm, fine-grained and crisp. It is a self-fertile variety that also serves as a great pollinator for other apple trees. Our apple trees are on MM111 root stock, a semi-dwarfing rootstock that produces 14-16 foot trees.

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  • Heirloom
  • Size: 14-16 feet
  • Hardiness: Hardy Perennial
  • Sun: Full
  • Water: Moderate
  • Special Instructions:
    Mid-season bloom; Very late maturity; Large size fruit. Self-fertile. Zones 5-10. Good for the South.
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Start From Seed: Detailed instructions for direct seeding, or starting seeds indoors and transplanting.
Care on Arrival - Trees may be kept in a cool dark place out of the box with the roots in the bag for a week. Check that the roots are moist. If your soil is too sloppy or frozen to plant into within a week, “heel” in the plants (cover the roots) with moist soil or sand in a shady place to protect the roots from freezing. If the roots seem dry, soak them for a few hours before healing them in. Trees must be planted before they leaf out. Planting - Our semi-dwarf apple trees on MM-111 rootstock will grow to 12-16 feet in height, and need the same amount of space between trees. Space your trees 12-16 feet apart and dig a planting hole slightly larger than the root system of your tree. Before planting, dip the roots in a solution of our ‘Soluble Root Growth Myco’ to improve nutrient and water uptake for the lifetime of your tree. Do not prune the roots, instead try to spread them out nicely within the hole. Identify the ‘graft union’ where the upper part of the tree (‘scion’) is attached to the ‘rootstock’ and make sure to keep it 3-4 inches above the soil line when you position the tree. Holding the tree in place, fill the hole with the unamended native soil you removed to create the hole. Add compost and our ‘Bio-Fish Blend’ fertilizer at the surface, rather than in the hole. If you are in a high rainfall area or have heavy clay soil create a mound to improve drainage around the trunk. Make sure to keep the graft union above the soil level. Water well at planting time and then wait until the tree leafs out before beginning a regular watering schedule. Water deeply once a week (twice a week in hot weather) for the first year to establish the tree. In subsequent years maintain a regular watering schedule in coordination with summer rainfall.
Growing Conditions: Growing seasons, soil types, water and fertility requirements.
Apple trees prefer slightly acidic soil with a pH between 6.3 – 6.7. Soil should be well drained and high in organic matter. Plant trees in full sun and provide a moderate amount of water throughout the growing season. Prune trees annually to establish shape and control size. See our Learning Center video Pruning Apple Trees to learn how.
Pest Prevention: Organic solutions to common problems.
Apples are attractive to many pests and diseases. It is important to identify the problem correctly before deciding on treatment measures. We recommend the book The Apple Grower by Michael Phillips for detailed instructions on holistic organic orchard care. Use fencing to protect trees from deer and rabbits. Spray trees with organic ‘Dormant Oil’ or pure neem oil during the winter to smother pests that overwinter in the bark of the trees. Use pheromone lures and traps along with our Safer Bioneem to control coddling moths and apple maggots. Use Spinosad and beneficial parasitic nematodes to control apple sawfly. Kaolin clay helps control curculio weevils. Clean up fallen fruit beneath your trees to control pests and diseases that live part of their life cycle in the soil. Prune out dead and diseased limbs regularly, sterilizing pruner blades with alcohol in between cuts to prevent spread of fire blight and other bacterial blights.
Harvest: Is it ready yet? When to harvest and how to store your garden produce.
Apples are ripe when the skin color deepens and the seeds inside turn dark brown. Cut open a few fruit to check the seeds and taste to see if the flavor is sweet. Use care not to pull off the budwood for next year’s fruit when harvesting. Ripe apples pull easily off the tree with a gentle lift and slight twist of the wrist. Enjoy the largest fruit for fresh eating, reserving the small or damaged fruit for pressing cider or making sauce. Keep unblemished apples for storage up to several months in a root cellar.
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