apple 'Discovery' / 'James Grieve' / 'Sunset'
- 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:
'Discovery' - a profusion of white flowers in spring are followed by crisp, juicy, red dessert apples. The tree forms a natural dome shape and the fruits from this tree keep well for several weeks after they're harvested in mid August.
'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.
'Sunset' - showing a good resistance to disease, the red and orange-flushed yellow apples have a tart cox-like flavour and are produced in abundance. Ready to pick in September.
- 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.
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Q:Hi, could you tell me if this would be suitable for a large pot. I understand the M26 rootstock can be successfully managed in a larger pot (top diameter c. 50cm) but was unsure of the MM106. Does this plant have good pest & disease resistance. When in Autumn would you expect to have stock?Asked on 8/21/2013 by jamesjimmyhughes from Bagshot
This Apple tree would not be ideal for a pot really, as it can grow to 5.5mx 5.5m, but there are other self fertile appleas that you could plant in a pot. I have attached a few links below to take you directly to them.
Hope this helpsAnswered on 8/22/2013 by Georgina from Crocus
Q:Would it be possible to train this family apple tree as a codon or fan?Asked on 3/6/2013 by Golden Delicious from Winchester
This is a bushy plant but it is possible to tie the stems onto stout supports on a wall or fence to create a type of espalier. The shape however will never be as good as if you bought a tree that has already been trained.Answered on 3/7/2013 by Helen from Crocus
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