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About this Katy Apple tree

Owner: Bruce

Location:  Taunton, SOMERSET, United Kingdom

Age of this tree: 2018 years
Rootstock: M106
Soil characteristics at this location: Clay loam over sand 
Climate at this location: Temperate maritime - exposed location
Pruning: Yes
Tree form: Half-standard
Height: Up to 6ft / 2m
Cropping: Heavy crops
Growth: This tree grows fairly well here
Herbicides: Manual treatment (hoeing and weeding)
Pesticides: Organic treatments
Local pests: Aphids

Owner's comments

High local bat population seems to reduce moth problems 2011 Fruit required thinning. Fruit very variable in size. Little growth of tree. Wasps a problem Light prune to shape. Last years growth much stronger than before due to tree having become established. Light prune to shape 2013. December 2013- Inspection of tree found severe split in the main trunk.

Season records for this tree

Season Blossom date Picking / Yield Size Season notes
2014 2 May
3.0m / 10.0ft high
1.5m / 5.0ft wide
Large amount of blossom, Set has been poor this year. Main trunk found to have split where these meets the crown
2013 6 May
3rd week August
10kg / 22lbs
3.5m / 11.7ft high
3.5m / 11.7ft wide
Canker: Not present
Scab: Not present
Mildew: Not present
Woolly aphid: Mild attack
Codling moth: Mild attack
Silverleaf: Mild attack
Best year to date. Fruit prone to wasp and bird attack when near ripe.
2012 20 April
2kg / 4lbs
Light crop of poor quality. Very bad weather conditions during ripening period. High rainfall and low sun
2011 10 April
4th week August

Heavy crop but quality affected by drought


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