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Chivers Delight Apple tree

Owner: Richard

Location:  York, YORKSHIRE, United Kingdom

Age:Planted in about 2004
Age of this tree:16 years
Rootstock:M9
Soil:Sandy loam, about 3ft deep, then gravel 
Climate at this location:Dry, mild winters, cool summers
Pruning:Main branches were trained horizontal
Tree form:Central leader (widest at bottom)
Height:Up to 6ft / 2m
Cropping:Medium crops
Growth:This tree grows easily here
Herbicides:Manual treatment (hoeing and weeding)
Pesticides:Un-treated
Local pests:Relatively free of pests, apart from aphids

Owner's comments

Grown from a 1 year maiden. The tree is a very nice spindlebush shape. Has produced a good quantity of medium-sized apples for the last 2 seasons, with good flavour and appearance. Does not seem to suffer from disease or pests that attack neighbouring trees. Seems like a very good easy growing variety.

Season records for this tree

  • 2013

  • 2012

    Spring blossom: 7 May
    Harvest: 2nd week September  5kg / 11lbs
    Size: 2.0m / 6.7ft high   1.5m / 5.0ft wide
    Canker: Not present
    Scab: Not present
    Mildew: Not present
    Fireblight: Not present
    Cedar-apple rust: Not present
    Woolly aphid: Not present
    Codling moth: Mild attack
  • 2011

  • 2010

    Spring blossom: 15 May
  • 2009

    Harvest: 1st week October
    Apples looked good this year, but flavour not great - difficult to get the picking time right.

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