An apple tree is a wonderful addition to a garden. Not only does it provide beautiful blossom in spring and fruits in autumn, it can act as a focal point and provide structure. It's also a high-rise accommodation for all kinds of wildlife.
Find out all you need to know about choosing and growing apples in our apple Grow Guide.
If you think your garden is too small an apple tree, don't forget that you can choose a dwarfing rootstock, which will mean that it will remain compact. Find out more about choosing a fruit tree rootstock. Or you can opt for an espalier, fan or stepovers, which will take up very little space - discover three ways to train a fruit tree.
Got an old apple tree that needs some TLC? Then watch our Quick Tips video on renovating an old apple tree.
We take you through the essential steps for apple tree care.
How to pick apples
Only store firm, unblemished apples - damaged fruits will go mouldy and affect others. Check regularly. Store in clear poly bags (make a few pinholes) in the fridge or in a cool, frost-free place. They should keep for some months. Find out more about storing apples. You can also use apples to make apple juice or fruit vinegar.
Apples shouldn't suffer from too many problems, but watch out for apple sawfly, scab, sooty mould. Wrap a grease band around the trunk in autumn to catch winter moths and hang pheromone traps in the trees in May to catch codling moth. White fluff on shoots is woolly aphid. Scrub it off, or prune out badly affected areas.