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Howgate Wonder Apple tree

Owner: Stuart

Location:  Bury St Edmunds, SUFFOLK, United Kingdom

Age:Planted in about 2017
Age of this tree:8 years
Soil:Suffolk loam 
Climate at this location:Can be dry'ish summers with some cold winter weather when north easterly wind
Pruning:Pruning for mature cropping trees
Tree form:Half-standard
Height:Up to 6ft / 2m
Cropping:Not specified
Growth:Not specified
Herbicides:Manual treatment (hoeing and weeding)
Pesticides:Organic treatments
Local pests:Aphids

Season records for this tree

  • 2023

    Spring blossom: 12 May
    One of two trees produced plenty of blossom, the other adjacent to it very little, which ended with no fruit on one and some on the other. Usual problem with aphids on this variety, ladybird approach didn't work very well last year, ended up spraying this year and leaf cover is much better and trees looking healthier, but not much in way of growth from last year, possibly because of impact of aphids and heat and drought conditions last year.
  • 2022

    Spring blossom: 4 May
    Size: 1.5m / 5.0ft high   
    This variety particularly susceptible to aphids, used mature ladybirds and larvae successfully last year, so doing the same this year. Blossom going over into good supply of fruit buds by 10 May. Later in season aphids hit hard, badly damaging leaf cover, trees impacted badly.