apple 'Cox's Orange Pippin' self fertile
- 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
- Hardiness: frost hardy (may need winter protection, particularly in colder parts of the country)
- Pollination Group: Partially self fertile - but for a bumper crop use a apple from group C - flowering mid season)
This upright, spreading tree is covered in pure white, cup-shaped flowers in mid and late spring, followed by first class, juicy dessert apples for harvesting in early to mid October. A moderately vigorous variety, which is self-fertile and produces some of the best British eating apples.
- 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, however it is self fertile, so does not need a pollinating partner to produce a bumper crop of apples. It can also be used to cross-pollinate with other apples in this group.
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Q:When is the best time to move a Cox's Orange Pippin tree it was only planted last year but we need to move it away from a neighbours fence?Asked on 4/2/2013 by Jacqui from Derbyshire
The best time to move this is when it is still dormant, so anytime from now until the end of February is ideal. Try to dig up as much of the root system as possible and prepare the new planting hole really well by digging in lots of composted organic matter. You will need to make sure it is kept really well watered in it's first year too.
I hope this helps,Answered on 5/2/2013 by Anonymous
Q:Please recommend a spring flowering tree or shrub
I had a new grandson born on 7th April whose name is Evan, I wondered if there was any plant shrub or tree that you could recommend either flowering in April or related to his name.Asked on 28/4/2006 by Catherine
A:This is a lovely idea, but I'm afraid we don't have any plants that have 'Evan' in their name. We do however have some beautiful trees that flower in spring - just click on the link below each plant name to find out more about that particular one. 'Cercis canadensis Forest Pansy' http://www.crocus.co.uk/findplant/selectionresults/?ContentType=Plant_Card&ClassID=763&CategoryID= 'Crataegus laevigata Paul's Scarlet' http://www.crocus.co.uk/findplant/selectionresults/?ContentType=Plant_Card&ClassID=1050&CategoryID= 'Malus domestica Cox Orange Pippin (self-fertile)' http://www.crocus.co.uk/findplant/selectionresults/?ContentType=Plant_Card&ClassID=1853&CategoryID= 'Malus Royalty' http://www.crocus.co.uk/findplant/selectionresults/?ContentType=Plant_Card&ClassID=4595&CategoryID= 'Prunus Shirotae' http://www.crocus.co.uk/findplant/selectionresults/?ContentType=Plant_Card&ClassID=4646&CategoryID=Answered on 2/5/2006 by 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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