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Fruit in Focus | Red Delicious

March 02, 2020

red delicious apple fruit in focus grown on a fruit salad trees

The Red Delicious is a high chill apple variety that is suitable for cooler climates. It produces an abundant crop and is perfect in a salad. Loaded with Vitamin C, potassium and fiber. These apples just taste nicer when picked fresh from your backyard.

Fruit characteristics: A gorgeous, crimson-red coloured apple; with a sweet delicate flavour, that has crisp white juicy flesh.              

Blossoms: Beautiful light pink blossoms in Spring.

Pollination Information: Requires another apple variety for pollinating. Our multi-grafted Fruit Salad trees are perfect as you get different varieties all in one tree!

Preferred Climate: 'COLD Climate' apple (High Chill) that is suitable for the cool temperate climates.

Chill Hours: >700hrs

Fruiting Season: February - April

Height: When planted in the ground our multi-grafted Apple Fruit Salad Trees will grow to approximately 2.5 metres (2 metres wide)

pH Range: 6.5-7.3 pH

Pro Tip: Potassium is a great nutrient to add to your apple Fruit Salad Tree to encourage growing vigour in Spring.

Did you know? Apple trees look great grown along a trellis (also known as espalier). they benefit from being positioned against a north or west facing wall.

Which apple should I choose?

When it comes to selecting apples, the most important factor is choosing an apple suitable for your winter conditions; Cold Climate Apples require long COLD winters to accumulate enough chill hours to produce fruit where as ALL climate apples are low chill and don't need as many hours over the cooler months. All our apple combinations have climate maps that you can utilise to find out what apples suit your region.

Can Apple trees grow in pots?

Yes; we recommend planting your Fruit Salad Tree in pots starting in size of around 40 cm in diameter (see our care instructions for more information).

How to grow your multi-grafted Fruit Salad Tree

Location: At least 6 hours of full sun (morning sun is best), protected from the wind, and not too close to metal fencing that will generate heat (eg colorbond).

Soil: Well drained and slightly acidic; with a pH around 6.0 -7.0. Apples don't like alkaline soils - If your soil is too Alkaline (your pH is high) you can increase the acidity by adding powdered sulphur, manures or Iron chelates. Adding lime, dolomite or poultry manure to your soil will decrease the acidity in your garden soil.

Annual growing program:

  • Autumn - This time of year is perfect for pruning any weak or crossing branches. Remove any rootstock that is growing along the trunk or that is springing up from the soil. Clean your garden area and remove dead leaves, and twigs from underneath your fruit tree canopy.
  • Winter - Applying a copper spray at leaf fall will line your newly growing buds with a protective coating and also help keep the nasty coddling moth under control.
  • Spring - Don't use lime sulphur applications on this apple variety. If you have missed applying the copper spray in Autumn and your apple tree does get a fungal disease then use Mancozeb as a treatment.
  • Summer - Keep up your balancing every few weeks to help keep the growing energy balanced between all of the varieties - it is especially important during the warmer months of the year.

Tip: When growing your Fruit Salad Trees in a pot you may need to fertilise more regularly. Always follow the directions on the product container.

Frost: As Spring temperatures often fluctuate it is always good to think about protecting your blossoms from frost.

Thinning Fruit: During the fruiting season it is a good idea to thin your fruit crop. If you have too much fruit or if they are rubbing together take out the smallest fruit to encourage the tree to put its energy into growing larger fruit.

Thinning is the process of removing a selection of fruit from your trees while the fruit is still small; by doing this you improve your fruit quality and size, helps keep yearly fruit production regular (avoid biennial bearing) and avoid damage to your frame work from excess weight.

HELP! If you notice anything unusual going on with your apple tree; check out our Pest + Disease guide to see what may be upsetting the balance in your garden.

 

 

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Fruit Salad Trees make perfectly different gifts!

Our gift cards are emailed instantly, so give the gift that keeps on giving! Let them choose the fruit to grow on their tree, and we'll deliver to their doorstep, Australia wide. If you'd like to surprise them with a Fruit Salad Tree, choosing the fruit can be difficult, so here's our guide to choosing the different fruit for your loved one to grow!

Fruit Salad Trees make great gifts for mothers day and fathers day

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