Although commercial growers produce much of the nation's apples, many small farmers and gardeners enjoy growing a few fruit trees in yards and hobby orchards. Apple trees grow in a variety of climates and soil conditions across the country. One type of apple tree, the Melrose apple tree, produces flavorful apples in areas with moderate to mild summers, such as Washington, Indiana and Ohio. A cross between Delicious apples and Jonathan apples, this tree produces flavorful fruit with a satisfying texture.
Choose a sunny area of your yard to grow your Melrose apple tree. This tree requires plenty of sunlight, so select an area away from overhanging trees or nearby structures that create shady conditions. Do not plant these trees in low areas that experience frequent flooding or in areas subject to strong, damaging winds. Avoid planting fruit trees in valleys that hold in cold air temperatures.
Dig a hole for your Melrose apple tree. Make the circumference of the hole at least two times larger than the tree's roots. Dig the hole deep enough to place the graft union, about 2 or 3 inches above the surface of the soil. This graft union appears as a lump near the bottom of the trunk. Set the roots in the hole and fill in with soil, keeping the tree vertical and level. Firm the loose soil down around the roots. Apply water immediately to soak the soil around your Melrose tree's roots.
Irrigate your apple tree regularly to ensure adequate moisture. Give it a good soaking with a garden hose about every seven to 15 days. Apply a slow trickle, allowing the soil to soak up the water as it runs from the hose.
Place a layer of mulch around your apple tree to hold in moisture during hot, dry periods. Spread 2 to 3 inches of mulch over the surface, leaving a small ring of space between the tree's trunk and the mulch.
Prune your tree to remove diseased or broken branches. Cleanly cut away the broken twigs and remove them from the area. Do not leave vegetation, such as leaves, branches and rotting fruits, near your Melrose tree. Get rid of this debris to minimize the introduction of mildew and bacteria to your tree.