The following sections will provide helpful information on establishing an orchard from unbroken ground in Montana.  If you have not already read through University of Minnesota's guide, "Before You Start an Apple Orchard" it is an important read for anyone who does not have experience growing apples to understand the time, cost, and personal committment growing a horticultural crop requires. 

For information on leasing, purchasing or renovating an existing orchard go here.  These topics are also covered in the Site Selection and Orchard Design and Site Preperation, Tree Planting and Early Tree Care presentations.  These recordings as well as several other Apple Grower workshop recordings are available on the Apple and Fruit Workshop Presentations page.

Site Selection

Selecting Rootstocks and Apple Cultivars

Orchard Design

Orchard Fencing and Trellises

Site Preparation and Planting

Early Tree Care