RHS Winner Apple Tree Collection
Voted some of the best varieties to grow by the Royal Horticultural Society on attributes such as taste, reliability, crop size, keeping ability and aesthetics.
This Tree Collection Consists Of 3 Bare Root Trees Between 1.2-1.5m:
- 1 x Blenheim Orange' Dessert Apple Tree - Intense Flavour
- 1 x Egremont Russet' Dessert Apple Tree - Superb Russet Apple
- 1 x Discovery' Dessert Apple Tree - Very Reliable Cropper
Blenheim Orange' Dessert Apple Tree
Blenheim Orange Apple is a very vigorous deciduous tree which produces an abundance of white-pink flowers in spring, followed by heavy crops of greenish yellow to orange fruits that are streaked with red when ripe. The fruits have a nutty, slightly sour yet sweet flavour and a crispy texture, making them perfect for eating raw or for processing into a tasty, stiff purée for pies, crumbles and preserves. The vigorous tree is slow to come into crop but then produces heavily. The fresh fruits store well, providing a good supply even until late winter. 'Blenheim Orange' has been awarded the Award of Garden Merit given by the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS), which helps gardeners make informed choices about plants.
For more details click here
Egremont Russet' Dessert Apple Tree
Egremont Russet apple tree is a reliable, regular cropper with medium sized, yellow-green fruits flushed with characteristic russet overlay. The fruits have a sweet, nutty flavour, and firm, juicy flesh. The apples are ready for harvesting in October and have very good keeping qualities. They are perfect for eating raw from hand or as an addition to desserts or cheese selection. 'Egremont Russet' has been awarded the Award of Garden Merit given by the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS), which helps gardeners make informed choices about plants.
For more details click here
Discovery' Dessert Apple Tree
Discovery Apple is a low maintenance apple tree variety which is very popular for small and medium sized gardens. Its small to medium sized fruits have a sweet, slightly acidic flavour, and can be ready for harvesting as early as August. Its firm, juicy texture becomes slightly softer when mature. They have generally good keeping qualities in cold places and store well in a fridge. The fruits have yellow-green skin with reddish patches, which may slightly bleed into the flesh. 'Discovery' has been awarded the Award of Garden Merit given by the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS), which helps gardeners make informed choices about plants.
For more details click here
Caring and Maintenance
Water young trees regularly until roots are well established. Trim annually from mid to late summer. Apply some fertilizer in spring in order to promote healthy growth and a good crop. Optionally, mulch in spring. Check tree ties regularly and loosen any if necessary to avoid rubbing of the stems.
- Planting Distance: 3.6m with 4.5m between the rows
Suited to almost all well-drained and moderately fertile soils with pH between 6.5 and 7.5 in a sheltered, full sun location.
Before planting your tree, clean up all wandering weeds and keep a clean ring around the tree base. Water well during the first year until well-established.
Autumn is the best season for planting fruiting trees, as the soil moisture and heat allow easier and faster root establishment and regeneration of damaged root systems.
Fruit trees will only produce fruit if their flowers have been pollinated. This is usually done by flying insects such as honey bees, bumblebees, flies, wasps etc. This tree is not self pollinating so it therefore requires another tree nearby of the same fruit species, but of a different variety, that flowers during the same period. The two trees will have to be near each other for the pollination process to be successful. The general consensus is that the two trees should be within 18m (55ft) of each other. To make things slightly easier fruit trees are categorised into different pollination groups. Just remember that the fruit must be of the same species but of a different variety; only an apple tree can pollinate another apple tree. However, if you buy two of these 'Discovery' trees they will not pollinate each other.
The pollination groups are numbered 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 or 6, according to flowering time. Best results will be obtained if one variety is planted near another apple tree of the same group. In the UK, because of our longer spring, you can also choose a partner from a group on either side (so an ideal pollination partner for group 3 would be one in group 2, 3 or 4).
These fruits taste best when freshly picked from their branches. They please even the most sophisticated of palates, and can be made into jams and preserves to bring great summer memories on autumn or winter days. Fruit plants are a valuable addition to any garden, bearing in mind that they do not only provide fruits, but also make a bold statement in garden arrangements by producing clouds of pink and white flowers, which at the slightest breeze fall like raindrops. When planning your garden, try to choose varieties with fruits that ripen from early summer to late autumn to ensure a constant supply of fresh fruits throughout the warmer months.
Fruit Tree Rootstocks
Fruit trees are generally budded or grafted onto a rootstock by the nursery, this means the roots of the tree are a different plant to the trunk, branches and fruit. Effectively sticking two plants together, one that has good roots and one that has good fruit, ensures that you get what you pay for. Plants raised from seed will vary from the parent plants and there will be a wide variation in the size or shape of a tree and the quality and quantity of fruit it produces. Another result of budding and grafting a variety onto selected rootstocks is the ability to control the size of the tree to a certain degree. However, the size that a fruit tree ultimately grows to is dependent on a number of factors:
Some varieties of tree are naturally more vigorous than others, so this will affect how much they grow each year. For instance a Bramley Apple seedling will naturally grow bigger than a Cox’s Orange Pippin Apple seedling. The correct pruning will also help to control the size of tree, as well as encouraging it to produce flower buds from which fruit develop.
- The fruit variety ( i.e. Apple Braeburn)
- How it’s pruned
- Soil type
- Its rootstock
Where you grow your fruit tree and the soil it is growing in also impacts on its ability to grow and thus eventual size. Most fruit trees need a good amount of sunshine to grow well and for the fruit to ripen with high sugar content. Trees growing in cold, open spots will grow slower than those that are protected and warm. The same is true for the soil, with trees growing in light sandy soils generally growing more slowly and not reaching such a large size as those in rich fertile soils which will be more vigorous and taller growing.
RHS Award of Garden Merit
The Award of Garden Merit or AGM is an award made to garden plants by the British Royal Horticultural Society after a period of assessment by the appropriate committees of the Society. Awards are made annually after plant trials (which may last for one or more years, depending on the type of plant being trialled) at RHS Garden, Wiseley and other RHS gardens, or after observation of plants in specialist collections. This is intended to judge the plants' performance for conditions in the UK.
Please Note: Each of these products can be bought separately. Have a look here for more information.