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Apple Information

Climate

To check your climate and the suitability of Apples for your area , click on our Climate Map Here and see the Variety Information Table below.

What varieties of Apple do you use?

We graft varieties that are suited to both warm and cold climates. They are red, yellow or green skin apples, crunchy, juicy and full of flavour. All the apples cross-pollinate one another so, only one tree is required.

Varieties for Warm Coastal / Temperate Climates are:

Varieties for Cold Climates only are:

 * Granny Smith is suitable for both warm and cold climates.

 

 Variety Information Table

Fruit Variety Name Type Climate Fruiting Season Pollination Required Description
Apple Red Delicious Red Cool/Cold Feb-April Yes

Bright red, large, crunchy apples. Sweet, creamy white flesh with a crisp texture. They are great to eat straight off the tree.

Apple Fuji Red Cool/Cold Feb-April Yes Skin colour can vary but predominantly red/dull pink blush over a greeny/yellow base. The flesh has a sweet delicate honey-pineapple flavour. Crisp, crunchy and very juicy. The fruits hold well on the tree.
Apple Royal Gala Red Cool/Cold Feb-May Yes Characterised by a blush of pink and yellow on the skin to almost orange stripes. A smaller sized juicy apple with a mild sweet flavour and crisp, creamy yellow flesh.
Apple Jonathan Red Cool/Cold March-April Yes The Jonathan apple is medium-sized, sweet-tart apple, with a strong touch of acid and a tough but smooth skin. Great for salads because of the intense flavour. A deep and vibrant red skin and yellowish flesh.
Apple Sundowner Red Cool/Cold March Yes Has dark red skin with white markings. Round shape with a sweet flavour and perfect for baking and eating fresh.
Apple Granny Smith Green Cool/Cold Feb-April Partial Known as the best baking apple. It has a tart-tangy flavour with crisp flesh and bright green skin. Also a great eating apple.
Apple Pink Lady Red Cool/Cold Jan-Mar Yes Pink blush over a yellow undertone. Known as the Queen of apples. It is a crisp apple with smooth texture quality eating. It has a high sugar content making it perfect for cooking.
Apple Golden Delicious Yellow Cool/Cold   Yes Shiny yellow to gold thin skinned fruit with refreshing light flavour. Crisp, tasty, creamy white flesh for eating. Great to use in baking.
Apple Green Glow Green Warm - Cool Jan-Mar Yes The warm climate version of a 'Granny Smith'. A little bigger and less tart than a Granny, but still great in cooking and for everyday eating.
Apple Red Lady Red Warm - Cool Feb-Mar Yes Red skin apple with white flesh. Sweet and crunchy. Very prolific producer. Great for lunch boxes.
Apple Trop. Beauty Red Warm - Cool Jan-Feb Yes The flesh is firm, rather course, yellowish white in colour with a streaked bright orange/red skin. Easy to eat with a sweetish flavour.
Apple Anna Red/yellow Warm - Cool Dec-Jan Yes Similar in size, shape, texture and flavour to their cold climate cousin the 'Red Delicious'. Sweet, crunchy and popular with children.
Apple Gold Dorset Yellow Warm - Cool Dec-Feb Yes A sweet aromatic apple that is similar to the cold climate 'Golden Delicious'. Yellowed skin with a pink blush, crunchy and a firm white flesh.   

 

What about cross-pollination?

There is no need for further cross pollination as the varieties grafted onto your tree cross pollinate each other.

 

What is the mature height of the trees?

Mature height of the trees in the Ground are:

Apples: tree height 2 - 3 meters, width 2 meters. (Recommend Espalier)

All trees can be grown by espalier method to save space, or in "stand alone" position.

 

Growing trees in a Pot

When growing in a pot, the size of tree will be determined by the size of the pot. E.g. in a half wine barrel pot, the tree would reach about half the 'in ground' size. See 'How to plant my tree in a POT'.

 

How often should I water my tree?

Keep your tree moist at all times, watering more often during the hotter months. A good layer of mulch promotes a more consistent moisture level. Weekly deep watering is best, i.e. leave hose on trickle overnight. This promotes a deeper root development for the tree, rather than surface watering. Reduce watering habits for dormant trees during the winter months.

 

When should I fertilize my tree?

Fertilize 2 to 3 times a year! APPLY late winter, early summer and Early Autumn. Cow or animal manure (older is better) and compost are excellent fertilizers. Otherwise suggestions would be: a slow release fertilizer (Osmocote with added trace elements) mixed into the soil, Blood and Bone, Dynamic Lifter or equivalent. No more than one or two of these fertilizers to each application. From time to time kitchen scraps can be added under the mulch to attract earthworms (If no dogs are about!).

Note: When using fertilizers, keep from direct contact with trunk of the tree. And top up mulch when required.

 

What are the sun requirements for my tree?

Best to place in position with full day sun or a minimum of half day, sheltered from wind if possible.

 

When will my tree bear fruit?

First fruits will appear in approximately 6 - 18 months. It's best to remove most of these fruits when they are the size of a tiny pea and allow the framework (branches) of all the grafts to develop first. This is especially important whilst the tree is young. As the tree grows, thin out/reduce the amount of fruit that has set, always promoting branch growth as well as fruit production. Branch framework needs to be ahead of fruit production to carry the weight of the fruit and establish correct tree shape. More fruit may be allowed to set on any faster growing grafts however, as the fruit production will slow the growth of the branches. Always reduce the number of fruit on the slower growing varieties to allow more energy to go into developing the branches.

 

Can I espalier my tree?

All our trees can be espaliered. This method saves space and is especially helpful for apple trees as it provides extra support for heavy cropping. Attach the branching sideways along wires or framework. Secure branches with expandable ties to allow expansion as the branches grow.