Space to allow for ultimate growth. Malus are widely tolerant of soils, including limestone, with the exception of very sandy soils. The ideal situation is a well-drained loam, high in organic content, and in full sun. We recommend that you not plant near Red Cedars (Juniperus virginiana), as these two genera are alternate hosts to Cedar Apple Rust disease.
Mulch at planting time to conserve water, and water well during periods of drought. A balanced fertilizer applied each spring is beneficial, as are yearly applications of lime if your soil is of acid reaction. Prune as necessary to shape and remove weak or narrow crotches; prun ing should be done during late winter, while plants are dormant.