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Discovery Apple tree

Owner: Pip

Location:  Rye, EAST SUSSEX, United Kingdom

Age:Planted in about 2010
Age of this tree:10 years
Soil:Tending to clay 
Climate at this location:Coastal ie. subject to SW winds
Pruning:Yes, winter pruning to reduce side shoots
Tree form:Espalier
Height:Up to 6ft / 2m
Cropping:Light crops
Growth:This tree grows easily here
Herbicides:Manual treatment (hoeing and weeding)
Pesticides:Organic treatments
Local pests:Aphids

Season records for this tree

  • 2014

    Spring blossom: 12 May
    Woolly aphid: Mild attack
    This tree's blossom is considerably delayed this year (compared to 2013) and the rest of the orchard which blossomed in early April
  • 2013

    Spring blossom: 15 May
    Woolly aphid: Mild attack
    Cold, prolonged spring so blossom came late
  • 2012

    Spring blossom: 28 April
    Woolly aphid: Mild attack
  • 2011

    Spring blossom: 21 April
    Woolly aphid: Mild attack
    Although affected by aphids this summer, this tree seemed more resilient than the other trees I planted and the crop was unaffected
  • 2010

    Harvest: 3rd week July
  • 2009

    Blossom removed to allow tree to build strength

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