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Most people think apples only grow in very cold climates, but there are several varieties that do well in our desert heat.  The most popular are Anna, Dorsett Golden, Fuji, and Gala.  Harvest Anna and Golden Dorsett June – July.  Harvest Gala July – August and harvest Fuji August – September.

Newly planted trees need more frequent watering until they are well-rooted.  If a new plant wilts or has dull leaves, it is a sign you aren’t watering enough.  In Arizona, watering your plants too much during the spring can cause yellow leaves and root rot.  You should take special care not to let your trees stand in pooling water.  The best time to prune your fruit tree is during the dormant season, the first months of the year.  Annual pruning controls the tree size and ensures better fruit quality.

Link to Deciduous Fruit & Nut Chart; Harvesting Calendar for the low desert: