Anna Apple Plant (Hot Climate Varieties)
Anna apples are medium- to large-sized and cylindrical in shape. They are light green to yellow in color with a red blush. Its flesh is juicy, firm, crisp, and creamy white. Some have described the apple as seeming to crackle when it’s bitten into. The flavor is balanced, mild, and sweet-tart, similar to the Gala. However, the flavor and texture can vary significantly with ripeness. Greener, less ripe fruits are firmer and fresh, while red, riper fruits tend toward mushiness and a sweeter and more complex flavor. The Anna apple tree produces a particularly heavy crop of fruit.
The Anna apple was first developed in Israel in the 1950’s at Kibbutz Ein Shemer by Abba Stein, and released in 1959. It was developed to be a low-chill variety and thrives in moderate, even desert, climates where the fall and winter months rarely drop below freezing. They thrive in apple growing regions of the Southern United States, particularly California and Texas.
Planting And Care
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- Sunlight of more than 6 hours a day is ideal for flowering and fruit development of plant
- The soil should be well drained, fertile and rich in organic content.
- Poke your finger/plain small stick into the soil to check the moisture.
- Apply 4 cup(approx. 200 ml) of water when the top soil (1-2 inch) in the pot feels dry to touch.
- Do not overwater the plant.
- As a rule of thumb, water the plants thoroughly in summer and reduce watering in winter and rainy season.
- Water should be applied preferably in the morning or evening.
Application of Fertilizer
- Before application of fertilizer loosen the topsoil without disturbing the roots of the plant so, it can uptake the nutrients and moisture easily.
- Apply organic fertilizer once a month during the main growing season (December-February)
- Apply water immediately after application of fertilizer.
- When a plant outgrows in current pot, re-pot with fresh potting soil and some fertilizer.
- Do the re-potting late evening and keep the plant in shady area for 2 to 3 days and then move the plant in its suitable climatic condition.
- Remove dead, infected or damaged plant parts and discard them away from the plants.
- For any insect attack or disease, you can use Neem oil, Eucalyptus oil or Citrus oil spray for primary treatment.