Improve your apples fruiting

Apple trees should be pruned in winter.  Create fruit bearing spurs by cutting back the fresh growth to two buds.

Seasons:  Early, middle and late season depending on variety

Long growing season

like rich well drained soil and full sun

like a definate cold season and a definate hot season (not too hot)

can tolerate -40

flowers can be destroyed at -4C

Dessert apples:



Egremont Russet



Bramley’s Seedling

Reine de Reinettes




Golden Deliciosus

Royal Gala


Root stock – what those numbers mean

Choose the right rootstock for your soil

M27 – Suits well drained fertile soil.  Dwarf 2m

M9 – Needs well drained fertile soil Dwarf 3m

MM106 Good in most soils, prefers loam soils.  Not suitable for poor draining soil. 4-5m

M116 Difficult soils.  Clay soils.  4-5 m

M793 Difficult soils.  heavy or clay.  6m



best planted in winter

Add plenty of rotten manure

Secure with a stake

firm soil around tree and water well

weed around base, apply mulch.



keep in cool dry individual wrapped in tissue and stored in boxes.

or store on slatted wooden trays

apples will continue to sweeten after harvesting. they are ready to pick when raised slightly they come away easily.  if left too long on the tree they will become soft andf floury



February March April May
  • Cox’s Orange Pippin
  • Discovery
  • Early Queen
  • Gala
  • Gravenstein
  • Initial
  • Lobo
  • NZ Beauty
  • Oratia Beauty
  • Pacific Beauty
  • Royal Gala
  • Sweetie
  • Worchester Pearmain




  • Adore
  • Ariane
  • Ballerina Bolero
  • Blenheim Orange
  • Blush Babe
  • Braeburn
  • Dayton
  • Divine
  • Egremont Russet
  • Freyberg
  • Hetlina
  • Lady in Red
  • Laxton’s Fortune
  • NZ Queen
  • Pinkie
  • Polka
  • Priscilla
  • Red Delicious
  • Rubee Red
  • Sweet and Sour Candy
  • Waltz
  • Ballarat
  • Belle de Boskoop
  • Bramley Seedling
  • Fuji
  • Golden Delicious
  • Granny Smith
  • Jazz
  • Liberty
  • Little Rascal
  • Pacific Rose
  • Pacific Queen
  • Peasgood Nonsuch
  • Sir Prize
  • Teacher’s Pet
  • Tropicana
  • Baujade
  • Kentish Fillbasket
  • Kidd’s Orange
  • Merton Russet
  • Monty’s Surprise
  • Mother
  • Pink Lady
  • Splendour
  • Sturmer Pippin
  • Tydeman’s Late Orange
  • Winter Banana