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Suntan Apple tree

Owner: Jan

Location:  Castel D'Aiano, PROVINCIA DI BOLOGNA, Italy

Age:Planted in about
Rootstock:MM106 (I think)
Soil:Shallow clay/chalk on rock 
Climate at this location:Very hot dry summers, severe long winters
Pruning:Not yet
Tree form:Bush (wider at top than bottom)
Height:Between 6ft / 2m and 15ft / 4m
Cropping:Medium crops
Growth:This tree grows fairly well here
Herbicides:Manual treatment (hoeing and weeding)
Pesticides:Chemical treatments
Local pests:Aphids,canker,codling moth,deer,wild boar,processional (I think moths) plant louse (some kind of sap-sucking hemipteran)

Owner's comments

This is the first year we have had much blossom on this tree, but it seems to be making up for lost time with an abundance, and despite having lost its pollination partner in the first year, and very late flowering this year, we have what looks to be a relatively large crop. Not sure how.

Season records for this tree

  • 2011

    Hail damage but still got good crop of smallish apples. lovely flavour!
  • 2010

  • 2009


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