Cider Apple 'Dabinett' | Bare Root

Code: TR9925
Cider Apple 'Dabinett' | Bare Root
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Cider Apple 'Dabinett' | Bare Root

A vintage cider apple tree bearing red fruits with a commended, bittersweet flavour

Malus domestica 'Dabinett' is a popular cider apple tree, bearing reddish fruits that have a well-balanced, bittersweet flavour. Commercially grown in Somerset to produce cider, Dabinett is a wonderful variety for making your very own cider at home. Held to a vintage quality, this specimen is excellent for the novice grower, where it benefits from a good resistance to disease and will maintain a manageable size too. Dabinett proudly carries the RHS 'Plants for Pollinators' logo; assuring you that it will nurture our cherished pollinators such as butterflies and bees.

Variety Information

Pollination Group Fruit trees will benefit from a pollination partner that is in the same (or neighbouring) pollination group. 6 (self-fertile)
Self-Fertile? Self-fertile trees will produce fruit without a partner, but will still benefit from one for the best crops. Yes
Harvesting Period Late autumn
Estimated Time to Cropping Two years
Uses Cider making, ornamental

Size Information

Supplied AsBare root
Height on Arrival Height can vary depending on when you purchase your tree, and what rootstock and variety combination you buy.120 - 150cm
AgeTwo years
Rootstock Rootstocks will determine the eventual size of your tree.MM106
Eventual Height & Spread Eventual size will depend on both environmental and genetic conditions.4 - 5m
Rootstock (Eventual Height) Supplied AsTitle Supplied By Price Link
M9 (1.8-2.5m)Bare Root M9 Frank P. Matthews-Supplied Tree
Frank P. Matthews£42.99Out Of Stock
M26 (2.5-3m) Bare Root M26 Primrose-Supplied Tree
Primrose£25.00Click Here
9L Pot M26 Primrose-Supplied Tree
Primrose£35.99This Product
M27 (1.5-2m) 11.5L Pot M27 Frank P. Matthews-Supplied Tree
Frank P. Matthews £79.99 Out Of Stock
MM106 (3-4m)Bare Root MM106 Frank P. Matthews-Supplied Tree
Frank P. Matthews£42.99Click Here
12L Pot MM106 Frank P. Matthews-Supplied Tree
Frank P. Matthews£99.99Click Here
Optional Extras
  • One Tree Stake and Tie Kit - 1.2m
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  • 60g Empathy rootgrow™ Mycorrhizal Fungi
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  • Tree Planting Kit - Tree Stake, Tie and Empathy Rootgrow
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  • 1L Grow Your Own Liquid Seaweed Fertiliser by Empathy™
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Selected items will be included with your purchase

All trees arrive in an extra thick cardboard box with a clamp to hold their pot in place. This prevents them from moving around on their journey.

Nursery staff will wrap the roots of our bare root trees and use compost to keep them moist during transportation. This extra protection prevents them from drying out, allowing for a flying start. We also use the same specialised box that our potted trees have to keep them nice and secure as they make their way to your home.

Once planted, you should water your apple trees at least bimonthly for two months. It is also important to have adequate spacing between each tree, with 1.5m, 3m and 3.5 - 4m spacing between M27, M26 and MM106 trees (respectively).

Bare root and containerised trees have differing planting requirements, detailed below:

  • Watering: Bare root trees should have their roots soaked in water for up to 2 hours before planting, while with containerised trees, it is important to drench their root ball before planting.
  • Pruning: Another difference is that for bare root trees, it is useful to prune their woody roots back a few inches. However, for containerised trees, you should free any spiralized roots growing around their rootball's circumference.
  • Planting: With bare root trees, you should dig a hole to enable the graft point to be above the soil, while with containerised trees, the pot should sit no lower than an inch below the ground.
Bare root and containerised trees also share planting requirements, detailed below:

  • With both, you should dig a hole that is twice the radius of their rootball. Stake your trees no more than 2 - 3 inches from the stem, and make sure that they are pointing away from the prevailing wind.
  • Fill the planting hole with a mix of compost and garden soil, finishing with fertiliser and mycorrhizal fungi. Take care to not compress the soil.
  • Once you are happy with your efforts, give your tree a generous watering.
  • Add mulch on top (this can be bark and wood chippings, compost, manure, leaf-mould, and stones), and ensure that these do not touch the stem of the tree.
  • Tie the stake to your tree (and leave space for growth), and place a rabbit guard around your tree to protect it from harmful pests.
  • Apply fertiliser and replace decomposed mulch come spring. When autumn arrives, remove fallen leaves to prevent the risk of disease. You should also make sure that the ties are not rubbing your tree.
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Fruit trees are generally budded or grafted onto a rootstock by the nursery, which means that their roots are of a different plant to that of the trunk, branches, and fruit. Rootstocks (among other factors) will determine the eventual size of your tree. Dwarfing rootstocks result in smaller sized trees, with M27 producing the smallest specimens.

While having a smaller tree may sound like a bad thing, it is actually a huge benefit. Dwarfing trees yield earlier in their lifetime; leveraging more energy into fruiting at the expense of vegetative growth. Nonetheless, the downside is that some dwarfing rootstocks (such as M26 and M27) will require permanent staking to prevent them from being uprooted by strong winds.

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Fruit trees will only produce fruit if their flowers have been pollinated. This is usually done by pollinating insects, which transfer pollen from one flower to another. Honeybees, the main pollinating insect, will travel several miles in search of blossom, so if there is another apple or crabapple flowering in that radius your tree will produce fruit.

Some apple trees are self-fertile while others require a pollination partner from the same or neighbouring pollination group. Self-fertile varieties will produce fruit without a pollination partner, but benefit from a partner for heavier yields. Triploid trees can’t pollinate other trees, but can be pollinated by another. Crabapples will pollinate apples too.

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Easy to grow, an apple tree will make a perfect first fruit tree. Your tree’s growth and output will likely be excellent providing you follow our planting and care instructions. Below we address some common query topics:

  • Hardiness: Apple trees can be found growing in far colder regions than the UK, and therefore its mild winters will not affect your tree. One issue that can affect fruit trees is frost-damaged blossom, but this is rarely the case with apples that flower late.
  • Position: In the UK, the greatest barrier to successful fruiting is a lack of sunlight, so be sure to plant your apple tree in full sun. Choosing a sheltered location will help prevent uprooting and allow your tree to leverage more resources into fruiting.
  • Soil: Soil types can be an unwelcome confusion as many plants will adapt to their conditions. Nonetheless, less than ideal conditions will certainly limit your tree’s growth. Waterlogged soils will starve your tree of oxygen, which plays a key role in photosynthesis; causing its roots to rot and creating an optimal environment for disease.

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