apple 'Worcester Pearmain'
- Position: full sun
- Soil: fertile, well-drained soil
- Rate of growth: average
- Ultimate size on M27 rootstock: 1.8 x 1.8m (6x6ft)
- Ultimate size on M26 rootstock: 3 x 3m (10 x 10ft)
- Ultimate size on MM106 rootstock: 5.5 x 5.5m (18x18ft)
- Flowering period: April and May
- Flower colour: white
- Other features: firm, crimson-streaked, golden-yellow, dessert apples with a faint strawberry flavour (early to mid-September)
- Hardiness: fully hardy
- Pollination Group: B - flowering mid season
This charming, deciduous tree is covered in pure white, cup-shaped flowers in mid- to late spring, followed by firm, sweet, crimson-streaked, golden-yellow, dessert apples ripening in September. It produces a heavy crop of fruit with a faint strawberry flavour, which are best eaten soon after picking. Offers good resistance to mildew.
- 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 B, 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 A or C as well.
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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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