Does a Golden Delicious apple tree need a pollinator?

The Golden Delicious apple tree is a heavily producing cultivar, bearing from the trunk out which means you need to thin the fruit to avoid biennial bearing and fruit drop. Although this apple tree is classed as self-pollinating, having a nearby pollinator can increase fruit production.

How big does a Golden Delicious apple tree get?

The standard yellow delicious apple tree grows to a height of 20–25′ and a spread of around 25′ at maturity. The semi-dwarf variety grows to a height of 12–15′ with a spread of 12–15′.

How long does it take for a dwarf apple tree to bear fruit?

2 to 3 years
Dwarf apple trees will start bearing fruit 2 to 3 years after planting. Standard size trees can take up to 8 years to bear fruit. Some varieties are more susceptible to insect and disease damage than others. Prune annually to keep apple trees healthy and productive.

Where do Golden Delicious apples grow best?

Choose the location for your new golden delicious apple tree in full sun with no chance of shade or overhang and soil with excellent drainage; pools of standing water nearby could cause rot.

What is a good pollinator for Golden Delicious apples?

Gala and Winter Banana will pollinate Golden Delicious. Jonathan (700 – 800 chill hours) and Redfree (estimated 800 chill hours) bloom just before, and Granny Smith (600 chill hours) blooms just after Golden Delicious. They also make effective pollinizers.

How big do dwarf apples grow?

Height: typically 2–3m, at least half the size of full-sized trees.

Do dwarf apple trees need staking?

Dwarf apple and pear trees have weak roots and will not support themselves once they bear fruit. They should be held upright with a stake or trellis so that the roots do not break and for the tree to remain upright.

Do dwarf apple trees produce small apples?

Dwarf trees are generous producers, and although these trees are small, their fruit is full size. Dwarf trees provide enough extra fruit to satisfy a small family. Semi-dwarf apple tree yield may be more than enough for a family.

What apple is closest to Golden Delicious?

If you don’t have Golden Delicious apples around, substitute a similar sweet and firm-fleshed apple. Jonagold, Gala, Pink Lady, and Fuji varieties all work as substitutes in cooking and baking recipes. However, no other variety quite matches the spicy sweetness of a ripe Golden Delicious.

Do Golden Delicious apples ripen off the tree?

Unlike some fruits, apples continue to ripen long after they are picked off the tree. This ripening (or over-ripening affects the texture not the taste of the fruit.