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Red Falstaff Apple tree

Owner: Roger

Location:  Burton Latimer, NORTHAMPTONSHIRE, United Kingdom

Age:Planted in about 2008
Age of this tree:14 years
Rootstock:M26
Soil:Clay 
Climate at this location:generally warm summers, wet winters
Pruning:light pruning only
Tree form:Bush (wider at top than bottom)
Height:Between 6ft / 2m and 15ft / 4m
Cropping:Heavy crops
Growth:This tree grows easily here
Herbicides:Manual treatment (hoeing and weeding)
Pesticides:Un-treated
Local pests:occasional codling moth - tried traps in 2011: quite successful

Owner's comments

Copious blossom and heavy crops, though it is a very young tree. Maypoling an absolute necessity for the past three years, owing to the size and weight of the fruit. Fruits are sweet/sharp and juicy, with a very pronounced apple flavour. They keep very well in the refrigerator. This is the vital tree in the garden - it's self-fertile and is a good pollinator for all the others.

Season records for this tree

  • 2013

    Spring blossom: 10 May
    Size: 2.5m / 8.3ft high   2.0m / 6.7ft wide
    magnificent blossom - best I've ever had, even though it was a fortnight later than last year.
  • 2012

    Spring blossom: 28 April
    Size: 2.5m / 8.3ft high   2.0m / 6.7ft wide
    Despite some maintenance pruning since last year this tree is covered in blossom again this year
  • 2011

    Spring blossom: 10 April
    Even more blossom this year, and it has lasted longer than on the other apple trees
  • 2010

    Spring blossom: 2 May
    Another year of full blossom
  • 2009

Red Falstaff in blossom

Red Falstaff in blossom

Copyright: R. Drage

Uploaded: 15 May 2013

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