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Bloody Ploughman apple

Bloody Ploughman
A blood red apple from Scotland with a mild but sweet flavour.

Bloody Ploughman apple identification images

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USDA identification images for Bloody Ploughman

The identification paintings in the USDA Pomological Watercolor Collection span the years 1886 to 1942.

    Citation: U.S. Department of Agriculture Pomological Watercolor Collection. Rare and Special Collections, National Agricultural Library, Beltsville, MD 20705.

    Visitor reviews

    • 28 Jun 2021  GLASGOW, United Kingdom
      The four apples we got from this tree (in one season three years ago) were large and tasty - but none since!
    • 09 Oct 2015  WILTSHIRE, United States
      Sweet like Red Delicious, tough skin. Often red streaking in the flesh then a raspberry hint, this occurs in sun ripened mid summer. Suzanne - Melksham
    • 09 Oct 2015  WILTSHIRE, United States
      Thrives on clay soil improved with garden compost. Generous cropper, big blood apples similar to a red golden delicious in taste. Disease resistant, easy grower. Only fault not a good keeper for storage, so I try to use the apples up by eating daily and giving away to family & friends. Makes an unusual dark pink tasty apple sauce.

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    Spring blossom records for this variety

    2017 season

    • 16th April  2017  - tree owned by Eric in , United Kingdom

    2016 season

    • 7th May  2016  - tree owned by Eric in , United Kingdom

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    • Species: Malus domestica - Apple
    • Parentage: Seedling of an unknown variety.
    • Originates from: Carse of Gowrie, Scotland, United Kingdom
    • Introduced: 1880s
    • UK National Fruit Collection accession: 1962-042


    • Country of origin: United Kingdom
    • Period of origin: 1850 - 1899
    • Fruit colour: Red / Green
    • Flower colour: Pink - light
    • Leaf colour: Green
    • Popularity: Rarely grown
    • Annual cycle: Deciduous


    • Picking season: Mid
    • Keeping (of fruit): 1-2 months
    • Flavour quality: Good
    • Flavour style (apples): Sharper
    • Cropping: Good
    • Food uses: Culinary
    • Food uses: Juice
    • Food uses: Hard cider
    • Picking period: mid-September
    • Wildlife: RHS Plants for Pollinators


    • Gardening skill: Average
    • Flowering group: 4
    • Pollinating others: Average
    • Ploidy: Diploid
    • Vigour: Slightly large
    • Bearing regularity: Regular
    • Fruit bearing: Spur-bearer
    • Self-fertility: Not self-fertile


    • Climate suitability: Temperate climates
    • Climate suitability: Mild damp climates
    • Summer average maximum temperatures: Cool ( 20-24C / 68-75F)
    • Summer average maximum temperatures: Cold (< 20C / 67F)

    Other qualities

    • Disease resistance: Average

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