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About this Suntan Apple tree

Owner: Jan

Location:  CASTEL D'AIANO, Provincia di BOLOGNA, Italy


Visiting: By arrangement

Age: Planted in about
Rootstock: MM106 (I think)
Soil characteristics at this location: Shallow clay/chalk on rock 
Climate at this location: Very hot dry summers, severe long winters
Pruning: Not yet
Age of this tree: 5 - 10 years
Tree form: Bush (wider at top than bottom)
Height: Between 6ft / 2m and 15ft / 4m
Cropping: Medium crops
Growth characteristics: This tree grows fairly well here
Herbicides: Manual treatment (hoeing and weeding)
Pesticides: Chemical treatments
Main 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

Season Blossom date Picking date / Yield Size Season notes
2011

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

2009

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