How to plant a crab apple

Monty Don shows how to plant a crab apple, giving advice on the size of hole, staking and more in this video guide.

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Crab apples provide interest across the seasons, with blossom in spring, long-lasting, bauble-like fruits, and colourful autumn foliage. They are hardy, tough and adaptable, with a neat, compact shape, so are ideal for most sites, including small gardens. In this short clip from Gardeners’ World, Monty Don shows you how to plant a crab apple tree, offering advice on what size hole to dig to encourage the roots to spread out, how deep to plant it, and how to stake it. He also recommends two choice varieties – yellow-fruited Malus ‘Comtesse de Paris’ and orange Malus ‘Evereste’ – which he’s adding to his Cottage Garden.