time to bear for semi-D apple
planted about 60 bare root apple trees in spring 2009. slow growth 1st 2 years due to nitrogen deficiency and probably not enough watering for my sandy soil despite ample mulching.
2011 and 2012 saw much better growth. trees are typically 6-10' tall now. all blooms were killed by frost this year.
I'd really like to get some apples next year. Is that a reasonable expectation. I've read semi-d bear in 3-5 years and, of course, I naturally figured that meant 3 years for me.
Note: I do not know the rootstock as I didn't know enough to inquire about it back then.