Species: Malus domestica Borkh.
Use: Cooking apple
Ploidy: Self-sterile (diploid / triploid unknown, suspect triploid)
Pollination Group: B / 2
Cultivar Group: 2
Blossom: (notes to follow)
Season: Mid to late October
More Info: Pomiferous / R. V. Roger (poss. PBR?)
Tree Source: Peter Nichol, Northern Fruit Group
Planting Size: 2 yr old feathered maiden
Planting Date: 8th February 2018
Notes & Observations
Background – Raised at Copt Hewick, near Ripon in North Yorkshire in the1990’s. (It’s possibly that PBR belongs to R. V. Roger, but if so they haven’t stated so on their website).
7.5.20 – Moderate blossom, very little towards the tips of branches. Possible thinning required.
13.8.20 – Poor fruit set, only half a dozen or so. Some lost to windfall. Signs of aphid infestation on growing tips and codling / winter moth damage to fruit.
Season 2020 – No clear memory of the fruit quality, they were merged in with the other cookers and used in stewed fruit. Will hopefully have a few better examples to document next season.
Winter 2021 – Strong extension growth. Very good potential fruit buds along main stems and spurs. Issue with support: re-position stake? (Carried out in August). Trunk seems sturdy but growth is very one-sided. Pruned to remove crossing stems and open up the centre. Some girdling issues from wires that weren’t remove in good time.