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Gravenstein Apple tree

Owner: Cheuk

Location:  Amsterdam, NOORD-HOLLAND, Netherlands

Age:Planted in about 2019
Age of this tree:7 years
Soil:Plot has peaty/acidity soil, so fruit trees go into a container. 20 Litres with compost, cow dung, potassium, bloodmeal, lime, liquid fertilizer 
Climate at this location:zone 7a, mild sea climate, lots of sun, lots of wind, hedge to slowdown some wind
Pruning:Pruned off the central leader to create a vase shape
Tree form:Bush (wider at top than bottom)
Height:Up to 6ft / 2m
Cropping:Not specified
Growth:This tree does not grow well here
Herbicides:Manual treatment (hoeing and weeding)
Local pests:none at this moment (has never given any apples)

Owner's comments

Bought this tree from my favourite nursery in the south of The Netherlands. This year the gravensteiner wanted to bear fruits, but I cut them all off. I have never eaten a gravenstein apple, and in a few years I'll now how these taste. From it's rootstock a runner is growing, maybe I'll graft another gravensteiner upon this runner. It is a semi-vigorous rootstock.

Season records for this tree

  • 2023

    Spring blossom: 18 March
    This small tree doesn't like the climate where it is in. I have it about 2-3 years, but still no fruit. It produces fruitlets, but they do not become real fruit.
  • 2022

    Spring blossom: 18 April
    Canker: Not present
    Scab: Not present
    Mildew: Not present
    Fireblight: Not present
    Cedar-apple rust: Not present
    Woolly aphid: Not present
    Codling moth: Not present
    Plum fruit moth: Not present
    Silverleaf: Not present
    Gravensteiner has all blossoms open a 100 % open. With big and white blossom petals.