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Katy Apple tree

Owner: Bruce

Location:  Taunton, SOMERSET, United Kingdom

Age of this tree:2020 years
Soil:Clay loam over sand 
Climate at this location:Temperate maritime - exposed location
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

  • 2014

    Spring blossom: 2 May
    Size: 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

    Spring blossom: 6 May
    Harvest: 3rd week August  10kg / 22lbs
    Size: 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

    Spring blossom: 20 April
    Light crop of poor quality. Very bad weather conditions during ripening period. High rainfall and low sun
  • 2011

    Spring blossom: 10 April
    Harvest: 4th week August
    Heavy crop but quality affected by drought
  • 2010

  • 2009

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