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The refreshing tartness of a crisp Granny Smith apple from your own tree will add zing to your fall salads and make for bold and lively snacking out of hand. Of course, this classic cooking apple’s pucker power can be tamed with sugar—Granny Smith bakes up into mouth-watering pies, tarts, and turnovers. If you happen to live in an area with a very long growing season, you may even get the chance to taste a Granny Smith apple that has sweetened naturally (something you would never experience with store-bought apples). Given enough frost-free days, the fruit will begin to turn yellow, and the flavor will mellow.
- Hardiness Zone: 6-9
- Spacing: 12-15'
- Exposure: Full Sun
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The original “Granny Smith” was Maria Ann Smith, an English-born Apple grower who owned a family farm with her husband Thomas near Sydney, Australia. In 1868, Mrs. Smith discovered a seedling Apple Tree on the farm that had popped up where she had previously thrown out cores from French crabapples she’d used for cooking. The new apple was a hit with bakers and apple fans in general, and growers and retailers loved it for its incredibly long shelf life. However, the real Granny Smith never got to know what a sensation her namesake created. She passed away in 1870, just two years after finding the special tree.
We all know an apple a day keeps the doctor away, but scientists tell us that Granny Smith apples are especially good for us, because they’re particularly high in cancer-fighting antioxidants. They’re also a good source of fiber and low in calories, so you can snack all you want on theseall-natural treats without any guilt.
How to Grow
The Granny Smith Apple Tree can be grown in the home orchard with a bit of know-how. This is an Apple Tree that’s best in regions with long, warm growing seasons. It flowers in mid-season, but the fruits ripen very late. Granny Smith is partially self-fertile, which means that it will setfruit without any other Apple Trees around, but another Apple or Crabapple in the vicinity will greatly improve the harvest. Like all Apple Trees, you’ll want to site it in an area with good air circulation and all-day sun. Granny Smith is highly susceptible to fire blight and powdery mildew. For advice on the safe and effective control of these diseases, please don’t hesitate to consult with our experienced growers at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Questions & Answers
Q: What other variety of Apple do I need in order to pollinate my Granny Smith?
Q: How large will the Granny Smith Apple Tree be when mature?
A: We grow our apples on a semi-dwarfing rootstock (S-M7). This will give you an apple that will grow 12-15’ in height and width before pruning to form. You can expect a substantial harvest in 3 to 5 years using this rootstock.
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5-6’ tall. Grown and shipped in our #7 fruit tree container. You can expect fruiting in your very first year! Pruned for fruit production. The hard work has been done for you, time to enjoy.
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