Apple trees may be grown by using the Farming skill. Level 27 farmers may plant an apple tree seed in a plant pot that has been filled with dirt from any empty gardening patch. A gardening trowel is needed to plant the seed, which must then be watered with a watering can. These actions are all performed in the inventory section of the interface.
After a few minutes, the planted seed will become an apple tree sapling and can then be transferred to a fruit tree patch. The fruit tree patch must first be raked clean of weeds. Compost or supercompost may be added prior to planting, and once planted (using a spade and trowel), the nearby farmer may be paid to watch over your tree. The payment for looking after an apple tree is 9 raw sweetcorn, which may be noted to save space.
An apple tree sapling may take fourteen or more hours to mature. An amulet of nature may be bound to the patch to provide progress on its growth. Once mature, the tree produces up to six cooking apples at a time.
Planting the apple tree sapling gives 22 farming experience, and checking a healthy fully-grown apple tree provides 1199.5 farming experience. If the farmer does not watch the tree, then disease on the tree may be removed using secateurs. However, if left alone, the diseased tree will die. It will take around 880 minutes (14.67 hours) to grow.
Each apple, when picked, gives 8.5 farming experience. When all six apples have been picked, the tree will slowly produce more apples until all six are available again. However, the apples may be picked individually provided that at least one appears on the tree.
The data in this table is based on the Grand Exchange prices of an Apple tree seed and an Apple, assuming one seed is processed to 6 apples and a gardener is paid with 9 raw sweetcorn to keep the patch disease free.
Farming all 5 Fruit tree patches will provide you with 6,362.5 xp and 6,475 coins.