apple - 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)
- Ultimate size on M27 rootstock: 1.8 x 1.8m (6x6ft)
- Flowering period: April and May
- Hardiness: fully hardy
- Pollination Group: C - flowering mid to late season
This is perfect for smaller gardens as you dont need another tree to produce a bumber crop of sweet, crisp and aromatic fruits that are ready to eat in September. It will be happy in a large pot, as long as it is kep well fed and watered, and it has a good resistance to many of the common diseases. We think it is going to be very popular.
- 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 summer prune. Shorten 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:What size pot would you recommend for this tree?Asked on 25/4/2014 by Mrs Durnell from London
You could plant the M27 rootstock which can grow to approx 1.8m x 1.8m in a pot ,approx 50-60cm diameter, in a John Innes No 3 compost. However it will need to be well watered and fed during the growing season.
Hope this helps.Answered on 28/4/2014 by Anonymous from crocus
Q:Small Apple trees for a pot
Hello We want to buy an apple tree but ut it needs to be small enough to stay in a pot for at least the next 2-3 years, just in case we move from our present home. Is there such a thing? And do we need more than 1 apple tree? I would welcome any advice. Kind regardsAsked on 10/4/2010 by Anonymous
A:Hello There, Apples generally need a pollinating partner (i.e. a different variety of apple tree that flowers at the same time) to produce fruit, but there is one that is self fertile called 'Scrumptious'. Their eventual height will be determined by what rootstock they are grafted onto. For pot growth, you should aim to get a tree that has been grafted onto M27 rootstock, which will produce a plant around 1.8 x 1.8m. If you click on this link it will take you to the tree:- http://www.crocus.co.uk/plants/_/fruit/bush/orchard-fruit/apple/kitchengarden/fruit/fruit-trees/apple-scrumptious/classid.2000013050/ Hope this helps Helen Plant DoctorAnswered on 12/4/2010 by Crocus Helpdesk
Q:Small fruit tree for pot
Hi there, I have some tokens for Crocus which I would like to put towards a fruit tree. The main requirement is finding a species which can grow in a large pot, at least until I move to a bigger location. Can you advise as to which would be best suited for this situation? I am most interested in an apple or pear, but if there is something else you can suggest, I???m keen to hear your ideas. Many thanks DianeAsked on 29/12/2009 by Diane Thistlethwaite
A:Hello Diane, Generally apples and pears will need a pollinating partner to guarantee a good crop of fruit, however there are a couple of self fertile varieties. The eventual height (and therefore their suitability for a pot) is determined by the rootstock that they are grafted onto. If you click on the following links it will take you to the self fertile apples, which if you select the M26 or M27 rootstock, these should be happy in a really large pot for several years provided they are kept well fed and watered.
http://www.crocus.co.uk/plants/_/fruit/bush/deciduous/orchard-fruit/apple/kitchengarden/fruit/fruit-trees/apple-coxs-orange-pippin/classid.2000016222 http://www.crocus.co.uk/plants/_/fruit/bush/deciduous/orchard-fruit/apple/kitchengarden/fruit/fruit-trees/apple-scrumptious/classid.2000013050 I hope this helps. Helen Plant DoctorAnswered on 30/12/2009 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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