How to Grow Pink Lady Apple Trees

Considered a dwarf tree, Pink Lady apple trees are native to Australia and thrive in warm to hot climates. The taste of the fruit resembles a sweeter version of a Granny Smith apple because it is a hybrid of the Golden Delicious and Lady William apples. As a result, the Pink Lady apple tree does not need a pollinator to bear fruit. Also known as the Cripps Pink apples, Pink Lady apples are ripe for the harvest between the months of September and October for your snacking and baking needs.

Loosen and soak the roots of the Pink Lady apple whip in a bucket of water for an hour before planting it.

Select a location in your yard that has full sun. The best location will have full morning sun and will drain well. Despite the Pink Lady being a dwarf tree, it still needs a lot of room to grow because it can reach 10 feet in height and from five to eight feet in width. Make sure the location you choose has ample space for the tree to grow.

Dig a hole with the shovel that is three times wider than the whip's root ball. The hole should be no deeper than the container in which the apple whip came.

Put the apple whip in the middle of the hole and half-fill it with soil. Pat the soil around the tree so it is firm. Sprinkle water over the dirt if it is loose and completely fill the hole with soil.

Water the Pink Lady apple whip well until the soil around it is wet.

Plant additional Pink Lady apple whips with at least six feet of distance between each.

Place mulch on the ground around the whip, being careful to not let the mulch touch it.


Keep the soil moist during the growing season. Deep, slow watering is best. If the dirt in your yard does not have many nutrients in it, add compost to the soil. The Pink Lady apple tree blooms during the latter half of the spring season and the apples will be ready in the fall.

Things You'll Need

  • Pink Lady apple whip with a ½" trunk diameter
  • Bucket
  • Shovel
  • Mulch
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