apple 'cox self fertile / James Grieve / Katy'
- Position: full sun
- Soil: fertile, well-drained soil
- Rate of growth: average to fast-growing
- Ultimate size on MM106 rootstock: 5.5 x 5.5m (18 x 18ft)
- Flowering period: April and May
- Other features: delicious dessert apples
- Hardiness: frost hardy (may need winter protection, particularly in colder parts of the country)
- Pollination Group: C - flowering late season
Family apple trees are ideal where space is limited as there is no need to worry about pollination partners and you can pick several different varieties from the same tree. On this fab family tree, there are three grafted branches, each branch will produce one of the following varieties:
'Cox's Self Fertile' - this is regarded by many as one of the best eating apples. They have a superb flavour and sweet aroma with deep creamy flesh. Ready to harvest in October.
'James Grieve' - producing crisp and juicy, red-flushed, green apples that have remained comnsitenetly popular since they were first introduced in 1893. A reliable cropper, the apples can be used for cooking or eating and can be harvested from September.
'Katy' - a recent introduction that is proving popular for its heavy crop of bright red fruits, which have a firm, juicy flesh with just the righ balance between sweet and acid. Excellent for juicing and making cider.
- Garden care: Keep the base of the tree weed free, fertilise at the beginning of each year and water regularly during hot, dry spells. Remove damaged or crossing branches during the dormant season.
- Pollination Information: As these trees are made up of several different varieties that can cross pollinate freely, you will not need another pollinating partner.