apple 'Christmas Pippin'
- Position: full sun
- Soil: fertile, well-drained soil
- Rate of growth: fast-growing
- Ultimate size on M26 rootstock: 3 x 3m (10 x 10ft)
- Flowering period: April and May
- Flower colour: white
- Other features: exceptionally high quality eating apples (early-October)
- Hardiness: fully hardy
- Pollination Group: C - flowering late season
A recent introduction, which has been hailed as 'the new garden Cox'. It flowers and fruits abundantly, so puts on a beautiful display in late spring and early summer, and will provide you with a bumper crop of delicious eating apples that will be ready to harvest in early October. These apples are very sweet with a high, natural sugar content and have a creamy flesh. They are easy to grow too.
- 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.
Summer prune in August 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 C, so you will need to plant one other different variety of apple to guarantee cross pollination, and a subsequent bumper crop. Ideally this should come from the same pollination group, however it is possible to use one from group B or D as well.
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Q:Will this tree be happy in a pot? It is listed under 'suitable for large container gardening'. I only have a courtyard so nowhere to plant it out.Asked on 18/4/2015 by Bluebell from York
Yes, provided the pot is large enough and you make sure it is kept well fed and watered, it should be fine.Answered on 21/4/2015 by Helen from crocus
Q:Would crab John Downie be a good pollinator for Christmas pippin or do I have to look for a different apple tree for pollination?Asked on 16/11/2014 by Spiritchaser from Purley
Yes you could use Malus 'John Downie' as the pollinating partner for apple 'Christmas Pippin'. The Malus has a long flowering period so it is a good poolinating partner for most apple trees. Hope this helps.Answered on 18/11/2014 by Anonymous from crocus
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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