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Lady Henniker apple



Victorian author Robert Hogg recounts details he received about the origins of this variety from the grower, John Perkins, Lord Henniker's gardener.  It is a useful technique for anyone wishing to raise their own apple variety.

He started by planting "several bushels of apple pips", which were a waste product from cider production.  The most promising seedlings were selected and the rest removed, and this process was repeated for several years, until only the best varieties remained.

Although well-regarded in Victorian times for its heavy-cropping and reliability, it is no longer widely-grown.

Last updated 16 Dec 2013.

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A well-regarded large late-season Victorian apple variety, primarily a cooker.

Origins

  • Species: Malus domestica
  • Parentage: Raised from a pip, unknown parentage
  • Originates from: Eye, Suffolk, England, United Kingdom
  • Introduced: 1840s
  • Developed by: John Perkins, gardener to Lord Henniker, Thornham Hall
  • Orange Pippin Cultivar ID: 2271
  • UK National Fruit Collection accession number: 2000-056

Identification

  • Fruit colour: Green

Using

  • Uses: Eat fresh
  • Uses: Cooking
  • Cooking result: Puree
  • Flavour quality: Good
  • Flavour style: Sharper
  • Harvest period: Late season
  • Use / keeping: 3 months or more

Growing

  • Cropping: Good
  • Flowering period: Mid-Late season
  • Flowering group: 4
  • Fertility: Self-sterile
  • Ploidy: Triploid
  • Pollinating others: Poor
  • Vigour: Large
  • Precocity: Slow to start bearing
  • General disease resistance: Good

Other qualities

  • Awards: RHS AGM

Disease resistance

  • Scab  - Some resistance

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