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Red Falstaff Apple tree

Owner: Vincent

Location:  Montgomery, POWYS, United Kingdom

Age:Planted in about
Climate at this location:Moderate to wet
Tree form:Half-standard
Height:Between 6ft / 2m and 15ft / 4m
Cropping:Not specified
Growth:Not specified
Herbicides:Manual treatment (hoeing and weeding)
Pesticides:Chemical treatments

Owner's comments

Plot 7 This tree must be a hardy tree considering the rough time it has had in the wind blown location it is in. I can't believe the bees managed to stay long enough in the blossom but they did. This poor tree nearly collapsed under the weight of the rapidly growing fruit it was bearing. I went away for a long weekend and returned to find almost all of it's branches pointing downwards and the trunk leaning to one side. I removed all of the fruit, nearly 40 apples over a period of two weeks to give it a chance to get used to the weight of the fruit and toughen up a bit. I don't know if selectively removing fruit near the tips to lessen the load will encourage a tree to develop stronger branches but this tree was going to snap if the fruit got any bigger. Three main branches were damaged but I supported them with canes and they seem to be healing. The tree also suffered mildew and bug attack and looks very shabby now. I will be very pleased if the tree survives through the winter to next year considering the damaged state that it is in.

Season records for this tree

  • 2012

  • 2011

  • 2010

  • 2009

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