Do you like the idea of eating apples off your own tree? Perhaps you haven’t planted a tree because you have heard that our damp climate makes it challenging to grow apples.
The good news is that you can successfully grow healthy, delicious apples in western Washington. The key is to choose the right variety of apple and plant it in the right place so it will stay healthy.
Apples in western Washington may be susceptible to apple scab and sometimes powdery mildew. Fortunately, researchers have found a number of varieties that are resistant to diseases. You can find lists of recommended apples in the Fruit Tree Handbook for Western Washington and the City Fruit website.
You also need to think about how big your tree will get, how it will be pollinated and where to site it. The key to siting is lots of sunshine, good soil and good drainage.