Pink Lady Apple Tree

The Pink Lady is a delicious low chill apple tree from West Australia. The fruit has reddish pink color skin, sweet tart flavor, and crisp when ripe. Keeps well and has a unique taste. The flesh is white and does not brown quickly. Grow in the full sun and does well in hot summer climates. Great show of white blossoms in the Spring, and harvest fruit in late October.

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General Plant Information

Pink Lady Apple Tree Information and Care

The Pink Lady Apple is a beautiful, woody, deciduous fruit tree that blossoms in the Spring. Fruits ripen in the late Summer to early Fall. While in many areas, fruit ripens in October, other areas are sooner. Cold chill requirement 300-400 hours. Plant in the full sun and in well draining soil. Use high quality planting mix and fertilizer.

Compatibility

 The two most important factors relevant to ensuring a deciduous fruit tree’s healthy growth and production are the Chill Requirement and the Cold Hardiness. Chill is measured by 1 hour of temperature below 45 degrees Fahrenheit. Paradise Nursery only grows Low Chill fruit trees that meet the requirements of all areas of the United States. The second factor is the Cold Hardiness. The minimum temperature a plant can tolerate refers to its Cold Hardiness. The USDA has developed Cold Hardiness Zones that indicate the average minimum temperatures in the Winter based on weather history. The Chill Requirements and USDA Zone range of each plant is provided. Our website will only allow you to add plants that grow within your USDA Hardiness Zone, and since we only grow low chill edibles, all our fruit trees will bear fruit in your area.

Size and Spacing

Our fruit trees are grown in Standard, Semi-dwarf, and Dwarf forms. Our Standard trees grow upright with a central leader and lower later branches. These trees grow taller (15 – 25 ft tall, or more by 10-15 feet wide or more), and create a lot of shade. Our Semi-Dwarf trees are grown to be kept short ( 8 – 15 ft tall by 8- 10 feet wide. These have a short trunk and will round canopy. Their tips were cut a foot or two above the ground to promote lower branches to grow more and create a shorter tree that is easy to pick but will provide less shade. Our Dwarf trees are great for containers and have been topped right above the graft to create a bushy tree that is very short (6 – 10 ft tall and wide ) with and very short trunk. These provide much less shade but are very easy to pick. You walk around this tree, not under it.
In home orchards, space trees about 10 – 12 feet apart unless you desire to allow them to grow larger. Provide more space for larger trees. Some trees grow slower and stay smaller, while others grow faster and larger. These are joys of nature.

Pollination and Propagation (Grafting/Cutting)  

Our self-fruitful, self-pollinating trees do not require another tree to produce fruit. Trees that require a pollinator are indicated. Only the sweet cherries and some plum require a pollinator. All our other propagated edible plants do not require a pollinator. All our edible plants are grown by cuttings from mature plants or grafted. This provides plants that are of high quality and fruit immediately. Plants will generally begin fruiting within a year of planting. 

Planting and Care 

Planting containerized plants can be installed all year round.
It is important to install and plant in a location with the appropriate sun exposure as the plant needs. Edible plants need at least 4 -5 hours of direct sunlight, indirect or filtered sunlight is ok, especially in hot climates. It is also important that the soil of the planting location will drain water well. Install drains or amend with sand if needed to improve drainage.
Dig the hole at least twice as wide, and as deep as the root system of the potted plant. Amend some of the native soil removed from the ground with high-quality organic planting mix and fertilizer to use as fill when planting. Place the tree so the top of the root system is level with the ground or slightly higher. Never plant a tree low. Create a watering well or berm around the root zone using the additional soil removed from the ground. This watering well will collect water to allow for deep watering. Fill this until it floods so the soil moisture content reaches field capacity.
Bare roots should be potted up or planted immediately. Water them in very well to saturation, then do not water again until they leaf out in the Spring. Bare roots can tolerate the cold. In areas that snow, pot up your tree and wait until Summer after the snow has melted and the plant’s roots have completely filled the container to plant.

Irrigating and Watering

Water newly planted fruit trees weekly (1 x / week) during the cooler early Spring and Fall seasons, and 2 – 3 times per week during the hot Summer season. Deciduous plants go dormant in the Winter, therefore irrigation water should be stopped. Discontinue watering until the plant leafs out in the early Spring. Increase the frequency as the temperature and evapotranspiration rates increase. Once the roots of the tree grow larger and the plant establishes, irrigation will be needed less frequently. Continue to irrigate evergreen plants such as citrus, avocado, loquat, and guava trees in the Winter, since they do not go dormant. However, reduce the frequency to no more than once per week, as the weather is cool and likely raining.

Fertilizer and Plant Nutrition

Fruit trees and edible plants need nutrients to create energy for growth. This is called fertilizer and it comes in different forms. Use organic manure, bone meal, blood meal, and humus based fertilizers. Apply fertilizers like manure along with with a bone meal, humus based phosphorus fertilizer (1-2-2) NPK ratio in the late Winter, right before Spring growth. Reapply with organic high nitrogen (2-1-1) or fertilizers with a 1-1-1 NPK as directed by the label during the Spring and Summer growing season. Do not fertilize in the Fall, since temperature drop, plant growth is low.

Pruning, Trimming, Thinning, and Harvesting

Winter is the time to prune fruit trees and edible plants. Cut to the top and other branches on the outer canopy to maintain the size and form of the trees. Remove any interior growth towards the center of the tree to promote remaining branches to grow outward. Remove any dry twigs and branches. Cut off any new growth below the graft or very low in the tree to direct the plant’s energy to it’s main branches. To ensure the plant’s energy is directed as desired, thin your trees in the Spring and Summer. If the plant provides an overly large quantity of fruits for that branch, reduce the quantity of fruit so that what remains grows larger. This will also prevent broken limbs. Harvest ripe fruit to prevent undesired pests.

Pest Control

Use organic methods to manage pests of edible plants. Horticultural oils such as Neem oil are great Winter dormant sprays to prevent and control soft-bodied insects. Use organic fungicides such as Bordeaux and Liqui-cop for fungi such as powdery mildew, leaf-curls, and rust. Use repellants and bird netting to protect your harvest from other animals. Keep a clean environment, free of weeds and dropped fruit that hosts insects or attracts animals.

Mature Size

In the home orchard, plant trees about 10 feet apart, and trim them to stay between 8 – 15 feet tall. In a commercial farm, trees are spaced 15 feet apart with 20 feet rows are machinery. These trees are grow to 25 feet tall. Trees can become almost 40 feet tall in nature.

Dwarf
Standard and Semi-Dwarf Form: Our trees are grown in Standard and Semi-Dwarf forms. A Standard tree grows tall because the tip continues to grow. The tip of a Semi-Dwarf tree has been cut about 2 feet from the ground, therefore the tree has a shorter branching structure for easy picking.

Additional Information

Sun Exposure : Full Sun
Plant Type: Deciduous
USDA Hardiness Zones: 6-9
Pollination: Self-Fruitful / Self Pollinating
Chill Hours: Less 300 hours below 45°F

Planting Information

Step One:

Soil and Planting: Plant in soil that drains well. Dig a hole that is as deep as the tree’s roots and at least twice as wide.

Step Two:

Place the tree in the hole and backfill around the plant’s roots with a mixture of the native soil and high-quality planting mix that has washed sand and organic fertilizer.

Step Three:

Create a basin around the roots drip zone so that water collects. Water deeply until the roots and nearby soil is saturated and reaches field capacity.

Plant Care Information

How To Water - Frequency and Duration to Irrigate

Newly planted trees should be watered regularly to establish well. The frequency of irrigation and quantity of water mainly depends on the season of the year, soil type, and size/age of the tree.

Frequency to water 

Discontinue watering in the Winter while the tree is dormant.
Begin to water weekly as the tree breaks bud and leafs out in the Spring.
Increase the frequency of water to twice per week in the Spring.
Water 2-3 times per week during the hot Summer months.
Reduce irrigation frequency to 1-2 times per week in the Fall.
Stop watering your tree in the Winter while it is dormant.

You may need to water sandy soils more frequently but less quantity because of sand’s lower water holding capacity.

Water Duration – Quantity of water

Drip System – 30- 60 minutes
Sprinkler – 15 – 25 minutes
PVC Bubbler – 5 – 7 minutes
Hose – Flood the trees watering well until the soil surrounding the tree’s roots reaches field capacity.

 

 

Fertilizer and Plant Nutrition

Fruit trees and edible plants need nutrients to grow. This is called fertilizer and it comes in different forms. Use organic manure, bone meal, blood meal, and humus based fertilizers. Apply fertilizers like manure along with a bone meal, humus based phosphorus fertilizer (1-2-2) NPK ratio in the late Winter, right before spring growth. Reapply with organic high nitrogen (2-1-1) or fertilizers with a 1-1-1 NPK as directed by the label during the Spring and Summer growing season. Do not fertilize in the Fall, new growth at this time will be thin, lanky, and weak.

Winter Pruning and Summer Thinning

Prune fruit trees in the Winter to maintain size and shape to prepare for Spring growth. Thin the tree in the Summer, and remove excess fruits. Remove any dry twigs and branches. Cut off any new growth below the graft or very low in the tree, this will direct the plant’s energy to its main branches. Thin your trees during the Spring and Summer seasons to ensure the plant’s energy is directed as desired. If the plant provides an overly large quantity of fruits for that branch, reduce the quantity of fruit so that what remains grows larger. This will also prevent broken limbs. Harvest ripe fruit to prevent undesired pests.

Harvesting and Pest Management

The basics of integrated pest management is cleanliness and the use of a combination of methods. This means we use an organic pesticide when the pest population reaches a threshold that requires action. Horticultural oils such as Neem oil is an organic pesticide that controls tiny, soft bodied insects. Use organic Bordeaux and Liqui-cop to manage fungus causing diseases such as powdery mildew, rust, and leaf-curls.

Keep a clean environment, free of weeds and dropped fruit that host insects or attract animals. Harvest when fruit reaches size and store indoors. Use repellants and bird netting to protect your harvest from other animals.

Limited Guarantee and Returns

Our plants are guaranteed to be true-to-name as labeled and in good condition when received. “Local pickup” means the customer will pick up at our nursery.  “Delivery” does NOT include planting, and customer must arrange to receive items once offloaded from our truck. Our driver may move items as a courtesy, but is not responsible for moving items further onto your property. Returns/Refunds are subject to a 10% restocking fee.

Compatibility

The two factors that determine if a deciduous fruit trees will grow well and produce fruit in a certain area are the Chill Hour Requirement and the Cold Hardiness. “Chill hours” are the amount of cold a deciduous fruit tree need to produce fruit. This is measured in the number of hours below 45 degrees Fahrenheit a plant must experience during its winter dormancy. Paradise Nursery only grows Low Chill fruit trees that meet the chill requirements of all areas of the United States.

The second factor is Cold Hardiness. Cold Hardiness refers to the minimum temperature a plant can tolerate. The USDA’s Cold Hardiness Zones indicate the average minimum winter temperatures of areas. Based on the shipping zipcode, our website will only allow you to add plants to your cart that grow within your USDA Hardiness Zone, and tolerate your climate.

Pollination & Propagation

(Grafting/Cutting) Most of Paradise Nursery’s edible plants are self-fruitful. Self-pollinating trees do not require an additional tree to produce fruit. For your convenience, we have indicated which trees require a pollinator, and their associated pollinators. Only the sweet cherries, avocados, and some plums require a pollinator. All of our other propagated edible plants do not require a pollinator. All of our edible plants are either grown from cuttings, budded, or grafted. This way, we can ensure that our plants are high quality and fruit immediately. Plants will generally begin fruiting within a year of planting.