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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 25 Jun 2017.

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13 Oct 2016 
We have 2 trees that were clearly old when we moved into our house in 1980. They are prolific, reliable, robust and keep well. The best apple we have ever tasted - can't understand why they aren't more popular and widely available.

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


  • 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: 2000-056


  • Fruit colour: Green


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


  • 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
  • Period of origin: 1800 - 1849

Other qualities

  • Awards: RHS AGM


  • Scab  - Some resistance

References and further reading about this variety

  • Apples of England (1948)
    Author: Taylor
  • The Fruit Manual
    Author: Hogg
    A first-rate apple. Healthy. A great bearer.

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