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
Reine de Reinettes
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