Full-Size Apples from Miniature Trees!
In the new Spring catalog, we talk a lot about Li’l BIG Trees, but I often forget that the concept is still fairly new. So what is a Li’l BIG Apple Tree? It’s how the average gardener with limited space grows full size, full flavored apples! Bearing fruit just 16 months after planting, Li’l BIG Apple Trees only grow to about 6 ft. tall, while a regular apple tree can grow up to 25 ft. tall. By the time they reach full maturity, Li’l Big Trees Will yield over ½ a bushel or more each year!
Best of all, you don’t need a ladder to prune, spray or harvest them. And they need no special care beyond what you would give ordinary apples. Many commercial growers are switching to this popular type of tree because they can get more production per acre. Li’l BIG Trees are also grown on specific root-stock that makes them resistance to fire blight, a nasty disease common to fruit trees.
Li’l BIG Trees may not be for everyone, especially if you have plenty of growing space that can accommodate a standard apple tree. If you plan on stocking your shelves with homemade apple sauce or apple butter and if you have enough room, you may want to stick with a standard tree that will bear fruit 3-6 after planting and produce 5-10 bushels at full maturity.
Li’l BIG Trees do require support, as the fruit they produce often tends to weigh down the tree. We offer special Deluxe Li’l BIG Tree packages, which come with a free tree support, tree fertilizer, calcium, and a tree guard.
If you have limited space or simply want a little tree with big benefits, Li’l BIG is for you. Try it this year – we’re sure you’ll love it!
Click here to check out our YouTube Video about Li’l Big Apple Trees, featuring Felix, one of our horticultural experts!