There are a number of factors that add wrinkles to our foreheads when growing fruit trees. The vagaries of the weather, early spring frosts and the associated deterioration of the blossom of future fruit are a problem faced by many a garden and orchard. Frost-resistant apple varieties, which also have the property of some frost resistance in the flowers, may be a suitable solution. It is a solution for saving effort, time and all the effort involved in frost protection measures. However, hardy apple trees do not have their name of hardiness only because of the low temperatures and the threat of frost to the wood and the blossom.

Disease resistance is a big plus for some varieties

Having a resistant apple tree in the orchard with no health problems and one that easily succumbs to common diseases can be an eye-catching contrast. But the difference doesn't have to be just about effective and ineffective chemical spraying. The difference may be made up by the particular characteristics of each variety. The resistant apple trees on, composed of new generations of apple trees, boast resistance to scab (Venturia inaequalis), powdery mildew (Podosphaera leucotricha) and scarlet fever (Erwinia amylovora). Three significant health problems that can be avoided by choosing one of the apple trees on offer.

The choice of such trees is not limited to certain colours, storability and stature. There are both columnar trees suitable for small gardens ( Aroma Spur GELB-ROT, Aroma Spur Gold, Aroma Spur Grun, or the well-known variety with good shelf life, Redcats, and others) and trees with a classic voluminous crown and growth.

An attractive variety is Ladina, which is a cross between Topas and the popular Fuji variety. The fungus-resistant tree impresses with quality fruit that can be stored in the cellar until February. The slower-growing Rebella also impresses with its resistance to certain pests. Santana is characterised by its stronger growth. The undeniable advantage of the trees on offer is the fact that they are offered in a container. They are not free-rooting, which allows planting apple trees even during flowering or fruiting.

Organic as both a lifestyle and a nutritional principle

It is the resistance of apple trees that provides an opportunity for organic cultivation without the use of unnecessary chemistry. Growers who prefer so-called "organic" growing conditions can appreciate trees that do not need the support of chemistry for their healthy growth, yield and to maintain the vitality of the whole plant. People with serious illnesses, people sensitive to the use of chemistry, but also people demanding to consume crops grown in a biologically, or more precisely, ecologically clean environment.

In any case, even a tree that does not need major chemical treatment will appreciate regular pruning and a permeable, nutrient-rich soil, or fertilisation with natural fertilisers, compost, etc. Another welcome feature of hardy apple trees is the rapid onset of fruiting in many species. This means less waiting for the fruits of your labour in the garden and the joy of fruit to come sooner.