Apple (Cordon) Growing Guide

Malus domestica

Apple (Cordon)

Crop Rotation Group



Moist, well-drained soil with a near-neutral pH.


Sun or partial shade.

Frost tolerant



Not required, unless closely spaced or just planted.


Single Plants: 1,00m (3' 3") each way (minimum)
Rows: 80cm (2' 7") with 1,20m (3' 11") row gap (minimum)

Sow and Plant

Plant in winter while they are dormant. This gives them a chance to settle and develop their roots before putting their energy into spring growth. Prepare a large hole by breaking up the soil and adding plenty of compost or other organic matter. Should be planted with at least one other apple tree which flowers at a similar time to aid pollination.
Our Garden Planner can produce a personalised calendar of when to sow, plant and harvest for your area.


A cordon requires regular trimming throughout summer to maintain its shape. In midwinter, trim back all the lateral shoots on the main arm so three buds remain


Harvest when apples are ripe.

Planting and Harvesting Calendar

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