How to Grow Dorsett Golden Apples


The ‘Dorsett Golden’ apple (Malus domestica; USDA hardiness zones 9 to 11) is an apple that thrives in warmer regions and is quite similar to the ‘Golden Delicious’ apple. It is a kind that is grown throughout the early part of the season. According to the authors at Specialty Produce, the Dorsett apple is rather big and has a sweet flavour, but it also has “lingering acidic overtones” that give it a somewhat tangy aftertaste. The complexion is golden yellow, and there is a pinkish or reddish flush. The trees are inherently resilient and can withstand the adverse effects of the environment.

Growing Dorsett Golden Apple Trees

It is recommended by the cultivators at Minnetonka Orchards that Dorsett golden apple trees be planted between the months of December and February for the greatest results. Find a location that gets at least six hours of sunlight each day and has soil that drains properly before planting anything. The trees are susceptible to harm from both standing water and strong storms.

After examining the tree’s root ball, drill a hole that is the same depth as the root ball and twice as broad. After you have lowered the tree into the hole, you will need to fill it with dirt, press it down firmly to eliminate any air pockets, and then mulch around the tree, taking care to avoid the base of the trunk. After planting, give the soil a good soaking with water, and then maintain it with consistent weekly applications afterwards. It’s possible that you’ll need to water the tree more often if there’s a drought or a very high temperature where you live. Put your finger about two or three inches deep into the soil before you water the tree; if it feels dry, the tree is thirsty and needs to be watered.

Fruit on Apple Trees

Try to find fruit around the middle to end of June, and select apples when they are almost completely ripe. Apple trees that are a kind known as Dorsett golden yield fruit in as little as one to two years, flourish in extreme heat, and are hardy enough to survive cold as low as -10 degrees Fahrenheit. This indicates that you have a greater chance of receiving fresh fruit that is pickable sooner with these plants than you would with certain other species of fruit trees.

Similar to other varieties of apple trees, Dorsett golden apple trees are unable to self-pollinate and instead need the presence of a partner donor tree in order to bear fruit. If additional apple or fruit trees are close, the issue is solved. In any other case, the employees at Orange Pippin Fruit Trees recommend that you plant a self-fertilizing tree by the Dorsett, such as an Anna apple or a crab apple. Once they are established, the companion planting you did with your apple trees will allow them to produce excellent apples throughout the whole season.

Care of Dorsett Golden Apple Trees

After your Dorsett golden apple trees have produced their first crop of apples, it is time to prune them. They mature at a speed that is in between moderate and rapid, reaching heights of 10 to 20 feet and widths of the same. Remove any broken, diseased, or dead branches, as well as any erect or weak stems, but only while the tree is in its dormant period. Under no circumstances should you do this during periods of vigorous development.

These delicious yellow apples may be picked fresh from the tree and eaten immediately, or they can be stored in the refrigerator for about two weeks. They may also be baked into cakes, pies, and tarts in addition to being canned and preserved. The contributors at Specialty Produce prefer to slice them up and mix them with blue cheese to make a delicious pork loin stuffing. This method is considered to be more inventive than others.

The chefs at BBC Good Food have shared their recipe for Dorsett apple traybake, which is straightforward to put together and takes around an hour to complete, including the time needed for baking the apples. You will only need apples for this recipe; the other ingredients are sugar, butter, eggs, a lemon, vanilla extract, baking powder, and flour. After putting it together and baking it, you will have a sweet and delectable dessert or snack that your family will gobble up in a matter of minutes.

Companion tree that is capable of pollinating itself