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Apple Family Tree [V]

Genus: Malus.

Species: Malus domestica.

Planted Vistabile elliptical bed

Bought Woolworths (Cuthberts) £9.99

Three varieties grafted onto semi-dwarfing rootstock:
Cox :
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 producing arguably the best British eating apple.

* Soil Type: Normal

* Blossom: April - May
* Colour: pure white
* Fragrant: No
* Shape: cup-shaped

* Harvest: Oct

* Height: 3m [10']
* Spread: 2m [6'] in 5 years

* Ease of maintenance: Easy

* Leaf Colour: Blue
* Poisonous: toxic if eaten skin eye irritant

* Evergreen: Yes(?)

Discovery:
upright, spreading tree is covered in pure white, cup-shaped flowers in mid and late-spring, followed by crisp, juicy, red dessert apples. Unlike other early fruiting varieties the fruits keep well for several weeks after they're harvested in mid August. To guarantee cross pollination plant in a sunny, open site with another tree from the same flowering group (e.g. 'Worcester Pearmain').

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James Grieve:
A good heavy cropping early season dual purpose variety with large attractively coloured fruit.
Use: Dual Cul & Des
Season of Use: Sep-Oct
Colour: Flushed
Flavour: Subacid
Origin: Scotland 1893
Pollination Group: C
Self-fertility: Partially Self Fertile

Tydeman's Early Worcester:
Tydeman's Early Worcester is an early season apple which is very juicy and sweet with a hint of strawberry flavour.
Use: Dessert
Season of Use: Sep
Colour: Red
Flavour: Sweet
Origin: Kent UK 1945
Pollination Group: D
Self-fertility: Partially Self Fertile

Photos of this plant

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Reminders for this plant

Due over 16 years ago:

Prune

Remove damaged or crossing branches during the dormant season

Feed/fertilize

Keep the base of the tree weed free, fertilise at the beginning of each year and water regularly during hot, dry spells.

Due almost 16 years ago:

Prune

Once apple trees are established it's best to summer prune the spur-fruiting varieties. This will encourage the development of short flowering shoots or 'spurs' that go on to bear clusters of fruit. Summer pruning is ideal for keeping the trees in shape and involves pruning the soft, current season's growth before it has chance to become woody.

*
Do it: late-June - mid-August
*
Takes just: 50 minutes for medium-sized tree

How to do it

1.Cutting back main shoot by half
Cut back the leading shoots of each branch by half their length to encourage the production of side shoots. Only prune the current season's growth in this way, cutting to just above a leaf.
2.Cutting back side growth
Cut back all remaining side shoots to two or three leaves from the base of the current season's leafy growth, cutting just above the bud.

Adam's Tips
"The soft stems and leaves that are cut off apple trees during summer pruning are perfect to add to the compost heap where they'll rot down quickly."
"Always prune to an outward-facing bud so that the centre of the bush or tree is kept open. This helps reduce problems with pests and diseases."

Harvest

Harvest 'Discovery' apples

Due over 15 years ago:

Harvest

Harvest 'Cox' apples

Prune

Remove damaged or crossing branches during the dormant season

Feed/fertilize

Keep the base of the tree weed free, fertilise at the beginning of each year and water regularly during hot, dry spells.

Due almost 15 years ago:

Prune

Once apple trees are established it's best to summer prune the spur-fruiting varieties. This will encourage the development of short flowering shoots or 'spurs' that go on to bear clusters of fruit. Summer pruning is ideal for keeping the trees in shape and involves pruning the soft, current season's growth before it has chance to become woody.

*
Do it: late-June - mid-August
*
Takes just: 50 minutes for medium-sized tree

How to do it

1.Cutting back main shoot by half
Cut back the leading shoots of each branch by half their length to encourage the production of side shoots. Only prune the current season's growth in this way, cutting to just above a leaf.
2.Cutting back side growth
Cut back all remaining side shoots to two or three leaves from the base of the current season's leafy growth, cutting just above the bud.

Adam's Tips
"The soft stems and leaves that are cut off apple trees during summer pruning are perfect to add to the compost heap where they'll rot down quickly."
"Always prune to an outward-facing bud so that the centre of the bush or tree is kept open. This helps reduce problems with pests and diseases."

Harvest

Harvest 'Discovery' apples

Due over 14 years ago:

Harvest

Harvest 'Cox' apples

Prune

Remove damaged or crossing branches during the dormant season

Feed

Keep the base of the tree weed free, fertilise at the beginning of each year and water regularly during hot, dry spells.

Due almost 14 years ago:

Prune

Once apple trees are established it's best to summer prune the spur-fruiting varieties. This will encourage the development of short flowering shoots or 'spurs' that go on to bear clusters of fruit. Summer pruning is ideal for keeping the trees in shape and involves pruning the soft, current season's growth before it has chance to become woody.

*
Do it: late-June - mid-August
*
Takes just: 50 minutes for medium-sized tree

How to do it

1.Cutting back main shoot by half
Cut back the leading shoots of each branch by half their length to encourage the production of side shoots. Only prune the current season's growth in this way, cutting to just above a leaf.
2.Cutting back side growth
Cut back all remaining side shoots to two or three leaves from the base of the current season's leafy growth, cutting just above the bud.

Adam's Tips
"The soft stems and leaves that are cut off apple trees during summer pruning are perfect to add to the compost heap where they'll rot down quickly."
"Always prune to an outward-facing bud so that the centre of the bush or tree is kept open. This helps reduce problems with pests and diseases."

Harvest tydeman early worcester apples

Harvest

Harvest 'Discovery' apples

Harvest james grieve apples

Due over 13 years ago:

Prune

Remove damaged or crossing branches during the dormant season

Feed

Keep the base of the tree weed free, fertilise at the beginning of each year and water regularly during hot, dry spells.

Due almost 13 years ago:

Prune

Once apple trees are established it's best to summer prune the spur-fruiting varieties. This will encourage the development of short flowering shoots or 'spurs' that go on to bear clusters of fruit. Summer pruning is ideal for keeping the trees in shape and involves pruning the soft, current season's growth before it has chance to become woody.
*
Do it: late-June - mid-August
*
1.Cutting back main shoot by half
Cut back the leading shoots of each branch by half their length to encourage the production of side shoots. Only prune the current season's growth in this way, cutting to just above a leaf.
2.Cutting back side growth
Cut back all remaining side shoots to two or three leaves from the base of the current season's leafy growth, cutting just above the bud.

Prune

Once apple trees are established it's best to summer prune the spur-fruiting varieties. This will encourage the development of short flowering shoots or 'spurs' that go on to bear clusters of fruit. Summer pruning is ideal for keeping the trees in shape and involves pruning the soft, current season's growth before it has chance to become woody.
*
Do it: late-June - mid-August
*
1.Cutting back main shoot by half
Cut back the leading shoots of each branch by half their length to encourage the production of side shoots. Only prune the current season's growth in this way, cutting to just above a leaf.
2.Cutting back side growth
Cut back all remaining side shoots to two or three leaves from the base of the current season's leafy growth, cutting just above the bud.

Harvest

Harvest

Due over 12 years ago:

Harvest

Harvest 'Cox' apples

Prune

Remove damaged or crossing branches during the dormant season

Due about 12 years ago:

Fertilise

see plant notes

Due almost 12 years ago:

Prune

pruning the soft, current season's growth before it has chance to become woody. See notes for method.

Harvest

Harvest 'Discovery' apples

Harvest

Harvest mid season apples

Due over 11 years ago:

Harvest

Harvest 'Cox' apples

Prune

Remove damaged or crossing branches during the dormant season

Fertilise

see plant notes

Due almost 11 years ago:

Prune

pruning the soft, current season's growth late June - mid-Aug, before it has chance to become woody. See notes for method.

Harvest

Harvest 'Discovery' apples

Harvest

Harvest mid season apples

Due over 10 years ago:

Harvest

Harvest 'Cox' apples

Prune

Remove damaged or crossing branches ... see notes

Feed

See previous reminder