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Belle de Boskoop Apple tree

Owner: Ben

Location:  Bangor, GWYNEDD, United Kingdom

Age:Planted in about 2003
Age of this tree:19 years
Soil:loam 
Climate at this location:temperate, fairly rainy (North Wales)
Pruning:yes
Tree form:Standard
Height:Between 6ft / 2m and 15ft / 4m
Cropping:Heavy crops
Growth:This tree grows fairly well here
Herbicides:Manual treatment (hoeing and weeding)
Pesticides:Un-treated

Owner's comments

I don't have just one Belle de Boskoop tree, but 12, both normal BdB and Red BdB. There are various sizes and forms (standard, half-standard, double U cordon and one espalier). I planted these trees over a 5 year period between 2003 and 2007 and unlike with other fruit trees I had to have a lot of patience with Belle de Boskoop. By 2015 I began to think that BdB was not suited for the climate in North-West Wales. But this year in 2018 for the first time there were abundant blossoms, followed by abundant fruit setting and now a bumper harvest. I guess that BdB takes its time to grow up and become a good cropper. As a Dutchman in North Wales one of the few things I miss from the Netherlands is my mother's apple sauce and cinnamon/apple cake made from Belle de Boskoop apples. I am now able to make apple sauce/apple puree, apple cake, juice, and even use it as a hand apple to eat.

Season records for this tree

  • 2018

    Harvest: 3rd week September
    Canker: Not present
    Scab: Mild attack
    Mildew: Not present
    Fireblight: Not present
    In spite of the long drought earlier in the season my Belle de Boskoop trees are carrying a lot of fruit for the first time. A bumber harvest this year. Note: I don't have just one Belle de Boskoop tree, but 12 of various sizes (including 2 Red BdB and 2 double U cordon and one espalier). I planted these trees between 2003 and 2007. By 2015 I began to think that BdB was not suited for the climate in North-West Wales. But this year for the first time there were abundant blossoms, followed by
  • 2017

  • 2016

  • 2015

  • 2014

  • 2013

  • 2012

  • 2011

    After poor blossoming in past years 2011 was superb (due to cold winter?)
  • 2010

  • 2009


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