apple 'Bramley's Seedling'
- Position: full sun
- Soil: fertile, well-drained soil
- Rate of growth: fast-growing
- Ultimate size on MM106 rootstock: 5.5 x 5.5m (18 x 18ft)
- Flowering period: April and May
- Hardiness: fully hardy
- Pollination Group: BT - flowering mid season, but this is a triploid so it will need two other pollinating partners
This vigorous, spreading tree is covered in pure white, cup-shaped flowers in mid- and late spring, followed by top quality cooking apples. It is a high yield variety producing fruits with a white flesh that are ready to harvest in mid-October. A partial tip-bearer, it may also be a biennial bearer.
- Garden care: Keep the base of the tree weed free, fertilise at the beginning of each year and water regularly during hot, dry spells.
The main prune should be done in the winter as long as it isn't frosty or freezing. Take out the 3D’s (dead, dying and diseased wood) and create an open shape. Then reduce the leaders back by a third. Aim to create an airy structure without any crisscrossing branches.
In August you can do a summer prune by shortening any side shoots (or laterals) which are longer than 20cm back to three leaves. This will allow the sun to ripen the fruit and encourage more fruit buds. Make sure that the growth you’re cutting away feels firm to the touch.
- Pollination Information: This apple belongs to pollination group B, but it is also a triploid (T) so you will need need to plant two other different varieties of apples to guarantee cross pollination, and a subsequent bumper crop. Ideally these should come from the same pollination group, however it is possible to use ones from group A and C as well.
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Q:Fiesta apple tree
Hello, I found your website via 'Gardenaction', who recommended you for the type of apple I'm after. I live in Cheshire and I've spent some time looking into the different apple varieties, but now have decided I'd like to buy a Fiesta apple tree. I know this is a Group B and wondered if you could recommend another apple - preferable one that is good for cooking - that would be a good pollinator. Our garden is not massive, so I need 2 compatible trees that I can keep under 3 metres tall and ideally for the amateur gardener (the Fiesta seems ideal for the eating apple!) I was thinking of a either a M26 or M27 - or one of each. Also - if I order online, how do the trees come packaged/protected. Many thanks for your help LisaAsked on 16/12/2009 by Horswill
A:Hello Lisa, I'm afraid we only sell one cooking apple, which is in the right pollination group, but it is a triploid so it needs two pollinating partners - just click on the following link to go straight to it. http://www.crocus.co.uk/plants/_/fruit/minarette/orchard-fruit/apple/kitchengarden/fruit/fruit-trees/apple-bramleys-seedling/classid.1852/ For a full list of all the apples we sell (where if you click on the images it will take you to lots more information re rootstocks and pollination groups for each one) the following link will go straight to them. http://www.crocus.co.uk/search/_/search.apple/start.1/sort.0/cat.plants/ As for delivery, they are well packaged and sent out by courier to you. I hope this helps. Helen Plant DoctorAnswered on 17/12/2009 by Crocus Helpdesk
Q:My apple tree is being choked by ivy
I have just moved house and now have an old apple tree that is covered in very thick ivy. What is the best treatment if any?Asked on 31/7/2005 by val gray
A:Your apple tree will get a new lease on life if you can get rid of the ivy. The best way to tackle it is up a ladder. As gently as you can you should peel off the ivy, cutting it back as you go. Once it is cut right back, treat the stump and any remaining foliage with a heavy duty tough weedkiller that contains glysophate. Be warned though that this weedkiller will kill off everything it comes in contact with, so you have to be very careful not to get it onto anything you want to keep. After the ivy has been killed off, you can give the apple a feed with a good general purpose plant food to give it a boost.Answered on 1/8/2005 by Crocus
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