“Apples do well in areas with an annual rainfall of 800 to 1100 mm. Apples can do well in different soil types as long as the soil is deep, fertile, properly aerated and well drained. Sufficient soil moisture is desired during bud break and fruit set for proper fruit quality and yield.”
“There are approximately 7500 apple varieties worldwide, however not all of them can survive in Kenya. They like sandy-loamy soil that drains well and runs deep, with a suggested PH of 5.5-6.5, and are planted in a 2ft by 2ft hole.”
- Fourth, proper pruning and training of the apple trees is essential for a successful harvest.
This includes pruning the trees during the dormant season, as well as training them to grow in a specific shape in order to maximize fruit production.
- Finally, pests and diseases can be a major problem for apple growers in Kenya.
It is important to regularly monitor for pests and diseases and take appropriate action if necessary.
Using integrated pest management (IPM) approach is considered best for preventing pest and disease issues.
In summary, growing apples in Kenya can be a successful venture if the appropriate conditions are met, including a cool climate, fertile soil, adequate water, proper pruning and training, and effective pest and disease management.