Plant Care 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 208 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.


Malus domestica

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


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 located in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

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

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Check the growing potential in your area

A plant's growing potential is determined from its location, the time of year, and current local weather.

Plant care guide for Apple in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

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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 ensure it receives enough light to survive during this time of reduced sunlight intensity in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania ⛅.

Apple does not tolerate low-light 🚫.


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.

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!

Water Needs
Sunlight Needs
Growth Pattern
Growing Outdoors

Care Summary for Apple



Greg recommends:


0.5 cups every 9 days


< 1ft from a window


Repot after 2x growth

Based on your location in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, 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
leaf-1 7 Plants
xp 712 XP
globe Toronto, Ontario

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

Fast grower Fast grower
@BrandyLVSplants avatar
leaf-1 93 Plants
xp 6,167 XP

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
leaf-1 1 Plants
xp 31 XP

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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