Who can resist the image of picking plump juicy apples from your own backyard? Apples are the quintessential American fruit. Spring blossoms cover the trees, and they produce for years. However, for good fruit get educated before planting. Start with a suitable site (full sun is a must) and choose the variety wisely. A successful variety should be highly resistant to apple scab, cedar apple rust, powdery mildew and fireblight. Usually fruit trees are mail ordered bareroot. There are hundreds of cultivars to choose from. Doing your homework pays off. Plan on regular pruning and feeding. Find apple-growing basics and recommended varieties on the HGIC website under Grow It Eat It and in the Getting Started with Tree Fruit publication. See http://ter.ps/apple for more detail.