Dayton Apple Trees: Tips For Growing Dayton Apples At Home

By: Mary H. Dyer, Credentialed Garden Writer

Dayton apples are relatively new apples with a sweet,slightly tart flavor that makes the fruit ideal for snacking, or for cooking orbaking. The large, shiny apples are dark red and the juicy flesh is paleyellow. Growing Dayton apples isn’t difficult if you can provide well-drainedsoil and plenty of sunlight. Dayton apple trees are suitable for USDA planthardiness zones 5 through 9. Let’s learn how to grow a Dayton apple tree.

Tips on Dayton Apple Care

Dayton apple trees grow in nearly any type of well-drainedsoil. Dig in a generous amount of compost or manure before planting, especiallyif your soil is sandy or clay-based.

At least eight hours of sunlight is a requirement forsuccessful appletree growing. Morning sun is especially important because it driesthe dew on the leaves, thus reducing the risk of disease.

Dayton apple trees require at least one pollinator ofanother apple variety within 50 feet (15 m.). Crabappletrees are acceptable.

Dayton apple trees don’t require a lot of water but, ideally,they should receive an inch (2.5 cm) of moisture every week, either throughrain or irrigation, between spring and fall. A thick layer of mulch will retainmoisture and keep weeds in check, but be sure mulch doesn’t pile up against thetrunk.

Appletrees require very little fertilizer when planted in healthy soil.If you decide fertilizer is needed, wait until the tree begins applying fruit,then apply a general-purpose fertilizer yearly in late winter or early spring.

Remove weeds and grass in a 3-foot (1 m.) area around thetree, especially in the first three to five years. Otherwise, weeds willdeplete moisture and nutrients from the soil.

Thinthe apple tree when the fruit is approximately the size of marbles,usually in midsummer. Otherwise, the weight of the fruit, when ripe, may bemore than the tree can easily support. Allow 4 to 6 inches (10-15 cm.) betweeneach apple.

Prune Dayton apple trees in late winter or early spring,after any danger of hard freeze has passed.

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If you are planning to grow honeycrisp apple tree, it is better to buy a grafted plant from nursery. Grafted trees are good annual bearers with increased productivity.


Honeycrisp trees spread relatively large in compare to other apple cultivars. Without enough space they may become stunted and produce poor quality fruits.

Plant honeycrisp tree in less windy but clearest and sunniest spot of your garden, remember it must be protected in bad weather and storms as honeycrisp apple tree has relatively weak timber.

Dwarf honeycrisp trees should be planted 10 feet apart and semi-dwarf trees 15 feet away.

Planting Honeycrisp Apple trees

Bareroot plant of Honeycrisp apple needs to be planted in spring. A grafted tree bought from nursery can be planted in spring or in fall.

Growing your own apple tree can be easy, affordable and fun. We offer a huge selection to suit a wide range of climates, environments and spaces. Each will produce bushels of healthy, flavorful apples that can be eaten fresh off the tree, stored for later, or used for cooking. You can’t beat the superior homegrown taste — or the savings — you’ll enjoy if you plant one of these trees instead of making trips to the grocery store.

  • Within our apple tree selection you can also find Disease-Resistant Trees
  • Plus antique Heirloom Varieties of apple trees
  • As well as Cider Apple Trees that bear apples perfectly suited to the task
  • Our Starkspur® Apple Trees have up to twice as many fruiting spurs as others, which means more apples per tree, helping to maximize your apple production.
  • We even offer edible and ornamental Crabapple Trees to add landscape interest and to provide pollination for apple orchards large and small.

To ensure your growing success and satisfaction, there are a few things to consider when you buy an apple tree.

Zone Compatibility

Your climate plays an important role in whether an apple tree will be successful. Make sure the hardiness zone range of the tree you choose includes your area.

  • Most of our apple trees grow well in zones 5-8
  • Cold-Hardy Apple Trees can thrive in cooler, northern zones 3 & 4
  • Heat-Tolerant Apple Trees are perfect for warm southern zones 9 & 10

Proper Pollination

Pollination by a different apple variety is key to the success of most apple trees. Often, its absence is why trees produce poorly or don’t bear fruit. Be sure to check the description of your selection to see which pollinators our experts suggest.

We do grow some Self-Pollinating Apple Trees, but we still recommend planting a second apple variety in your yard for optimum fruit production.

As a note, we generally recommend planting a Golden Delicious Apple Tree within close proximity of any apple tree, because it is an excellent pollinator variety.

Mature Tree Size

Make sure you pick the right size apple tree for your available space.

  • Columnar Apple Trees mature to be about 8-10' tall, but only 18-24" wide. This makes them perfect for growing in containers on balconies and patios.
  • Dwarf Apple Trees mature to be about 8-10' tall and wide. Even though they are smaller, they produce an abundance of full-size apples.
  • Semi-Dwarf Apple Trees mature to be about 12-15' tall and wide. They offer maximum apple yield per square foot.
  • Standard Apple Trees mature to be about 15-25' tall and 20' wide. They are perfect if you have a large space or want a multi-purpose apple & shade tree.

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