The Apple tree must be grown with the Farming skill. Level 27 farmers may plant an apple 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, then it must be watered. This action is all performed in the inventory or backpack section of the screen.
After 15 minutes or less, the planted seed will become an apple tree sapling and can then be transferred to a Fruit tree patch. The fruit tree patch must be raked clean of weeds. Compost or Super Compost 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. Payment is 9 sweetcorn (not cooked) and optionally may be noted to save you 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. A healthy apple tree, when checked, provides 1199.5 farming experience. If the farmer does not watch the tree, then disease on the tree may be removed using secauters. However, if left alone, the diseased tree will die.
Each apple, when picked, gives 8.5 farming experience. Once all 6 apples have been picked, the tree will slowly produce more apples until all 6 are available again. However, the apples may be picked anytime they show on the tree.