Species: Malus domestica Borkh.
Use: Dessert apple
Pollination Group: C / 3
Cultivar Group: 1 or 2
Bearing: Partial tip (?)
Blossom: Notes to follow
Season: Early to mid September
More Info: Keepers / OrangePippin / Pomiferous
Tree Source: Peter Nichol, Northern Fruit Group
Rootstock: MM106 (?)
Planting Size: 2yr old maiden whip?
Planting Date: 8th February 2018
Notes & Observations
Background – “Raised by Mr Hale of Swan Pool, St Johns, Worcester, UK. Believed to have been a Devonshire Quarrenden seedling. Introduced by St John’s Nursery 1874.” (source)
2019 Season – Problems with insufficient leaf growth caused set fruit to remain small before dropping in July, possibly due to insufficient irrigation, possibly some other physiological disorder.
7.5.20 – No blossom, but healthy leaf growth – signs of recovery?
13.8.20 – Good leaf growth and some stem growth.
2020 Season – Ongoing recovery from 2019’s problems is promising. Hopefully the tree will kick on and continue to grow in 2021.
Winter 2021 – Recovery ongoing, nice extension growth. Some potential fruit buds developing on spurs. No pruning required.