Plant Care Apple

Apple

3.8 out of 5 (5 experiences)

Apple has a Fast grower plant personality Fast grower
Apple has a Large, lush leaves plant personality Large, lush leaves

About Apple

Apple is a popular houseplant 🌿 that is isn’t challenging to grow and needs regular watering to thrive. They do best in long-lasting, direct light ☀️ and should be less than 1 foot from a window.

Plant parents describe this plant as a fast grower and having large, lush leaves with a whopping 360 being grown with Greg around the world. Check out the reviews below for more details!🌟

Apple likes soil that is good at retaining moisture. Your plant shouldn't need added fertilizers if you repot each time it doubles in size.

Apple belongs to the Malus genus, and is native to Asia, Europe, and North America.

Taxonomy

Malus domestica
Malus
Rosaceae
Rosales

Also known as

apple, apple tree, Gala apple, Braeburn Apple, Red Rome Apple, pink lady apple tree, Malus pumila and Honeycrisp Apple

How to care for Apple

💦 Water

How often to water your Apple

Water needs for Apple
0.5 cups
every 9

Apple needs 0.5 cups of water every 9 when it doesn’t get direct sunlight and is potted in a 5" pot.

Use our water calculator to personalize watering recommendations to your environment or download Greg for more advanced recommendations for all of your plants.

Calculate water needs of Apple

Water 0.5 cups every
9

Does your plant get direct sunlight?

Select the pot size

5"
☀️ Light

Finding light for Apple in your home

Light needs and placement for plant Apple: 1ft from a window
1ft or less from
a window

Apple love being close to bright, sunny windows 😎.

Place it less than 1ft from a south-facing window to maximize the potential for growth.

Apple does not tolerate low-light 🚫.

Select your region to see how the current weather in your area affects the placement of Apple in your home 🏡.

🪴 Nutrients

How to fertilize Apple

Nutrient, fertilizer, and repotting needs for Apple: repot after 2X growth

Most potting soils come with ample nutrients which plants use to produce new growth.

By the time your plant has depleted the nutrients in its soil it’s likely grown enough to need a larger pot anyway.

To replenish this plant's nutrients, repot your Apple after it doubles in size or once a year—whichever comes first.

💡 FAQs
⭐ Difficulty Level

Apple is generally easy to care for, though some plant parents report facing challenges with growing it. Check out the reviews down below to read more about their experiences!

Benefits of Growing Apple →

Common Apple Problems →


💦 Water Needs

Apple prefers for the soil to dry out between waterings and should be watered regularly. Use our water calculator to personalize watering recommendations to your environment or download Greg for more advanced recommendations for all of your plants.

Apple Water Frequency →

Apple Root Rot →


☀️ Sunlight Needs

Apple requires abundant, bright and direct light. Place it less than one foot from a window to ensure it receives enough light to survive 💪. Select your region to see how the current weather in your area affects the placement in your home 🏡.

Apple Light Requirements →

Apple Direct Sunlight Needs & Tolerance →


🐶 🐈 👶 Toxicity

Greg does not have confirmed data on this plant’s toxicity. If you, a family member, or a pet consumes plant material of unknown toxicity, it’s always best to consult a medical professional.

If you or someone else ingested this plant, call Poison Control at US (800) 222-1222. If a pet consumed this plant, contact your veterinarian or the ASPCA at US (888) 426-4435.

Apple Toxicity to Cats →


🪴 Soil

Apple is very sensitive to dry soil, so choose a potting soil that retains moisture. A good soil will still drain well and contain lots of organic matter such as coco coir or sphagnum moss.

Best Soil Mix for Apple →

When and How to Successfully Repot Apple →


💩 Fertilizer

Apple grows very slowly and doesn’t require added fertilizer. Replacing your plant’s potting soil once a year should provide them with more than enough nutrition. Remember, plants get their energy from sunlight, not fertilizer!

How Much and When to Fertilize Apple →


⬆️ ⬇️ Growth Pattern

Apple grows vertically and new growth will emerge from the top of the plant.

How and When to Prune Apple →


🌦️ Growing Outdoors

USDA Hardiness Zone
Apple can be grown outdoors in USDA Hardiness Zones 4a-7b. Find your local hardiness zone here.

Apple Temperature Tolerance →


🌱 Propagation

The seeds of Apple can be used to grow new plants! After your plant flowers, any seeds that formed can be collected and germinated in potting soil.


🧐 Troubleshooting

When troubleshooting a sad-looking houseplant, start by checking for signs of distress in its leaves, such as yellowing, browning, or drooping, which can indicate overwatering or nutrient deficiencies.

Inspect the soil moisture; too dry or too wet soil can cause problems.

Ensure the plant is getting the right amount of light, as too much or too little can stress it.

Finally, consider environmental factors like temperature and humidity, and adjust care routines accordingly to revive your plant.


Care Summary for Apple

Apple

Apple


Greg recommends:

Water

0.5 cups every 9 days

Placement

< 1ft from a window

Nutrients

Repot after 2x growth

Based on the 4” pot your plant is in, and that it doesn’t get direct sunlight.

What other plant parents say

Apple has a Fast grower plant personality Fast grower 3
Apple has a Large, lush leaves plant personality Large, lush leaves 2
Apple has a Easy to propagate plant personality Easy to propagate 2
Apple has a Survivor plant personality Survivor 1
@mik3ec avatar
@@mik3ec
leaf-1 7 Plants
xp 712 XP
globe Toronto, Ontario
06/18/2021

Susceptible to oh so many diseases. Easy to grow from seed, tough to keep healthy

Fast grower Fast grower
@BrandyLVSplants avatar
@@BrandyLVSplants
leaf-1 93 Plants
xp 6,167 XP
06/16/2021

My 15 year old son started this apple seed from a bag of apples we purchased. He has a green thumb of his own. It is important to cool the seeds in the fridge. He germinates them in a paper towel sealed in a sandwich baggie. We also have a celery sprouting somewhere...??? Who knows what he will attempt to grow next!

Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
Survivor Survivor
Anastasia avatar
@Anastasia
leaf-1 1 Plants
xp 31 XP
05/29/2021

Needs more water as seedlings, don’t expect apples for at least 5 years😅

Fast grower Fast grower
Easy to propagate Easy to propagate

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