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Howgate Wonder Apple tree

Owner: David

Location:  Kilham, EAST YORKSHIRE, United Kingdom

Age:Planted in about
Soil:Light loam, chalk subsoil, well drained 
Climate at this location:Sheltered good exposure to sun all year
Pruning:Limit all new growth to 3 to 5 leaf pairs
Tree form:Central leader (widest at bottom)
Height:Between 6ft / 2m and 15ft / 4m
Cropping:Heavy crops
Growth:This tree grows easily here
Local pests:Codlin. Some scab but less year by year.

Owner's comments

When I inherited the tree in 2002 the fruit were badly scabbed and affected by Codlin Moth (?). Since then I have not sprayed but kept the tree tightly pruned and well nourished with nitrogen. Last year a top dressing of dry poultry litter.

Season records for this tree

  • 2011

    Spring blossom: 25 April
    Harvest: 3rd week October
    Few bees about when pollination was needed. I was worried the crop would suffer. So, we have fewer but bigger apples this year. Crop about 45kg, less than last year but bigger apples. Made 10litres cidre from abt 30 kg fruit. Dry and delicious.
  • 2010

    Harvest: 3rd week October
    Tremendous crop, with fewer diseased apples than last year. Yield around 120 - 140lbs fruit. Just pressed 6.5kg of fruit and yield 2 litres juice. Good fruit/acidity balance and no unpleasant after taste.
  • 2009

    Harvest: 2nd week September

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