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Lady Henniker apple


Victorian author Robert Hogg recounts details he received about the origins of this variety from the grower, John Perkins, Lord Henniker's gardener.  It is a useful technique for anyone wishing to raise their own apple variety.

He started by planting "several bushels of apple pips", which were a waste product from cider production.  The most promising seedlings were selected and the rest removed, and this process was repeated for several years, until only the best varieties remained.

Although well-regarded in Victorian times for its heavy-cropping and reliability, it is no longer widely-grown.



Lady Henniker identification photos

UK National Fruit Collection
UK National Fruit Collection
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Visitor reviews

  • 13 Oct 2016  Lynne Jones,  NP26 5PQ, United Kingdom
    We have 2 trees that were clearly old when we moved into our house in 1980. They are prolific, reliable, robust and keep well. The best apple we have ever tasted - can't understand why they aren't more popular and widely available.

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Harvest records for this variety

2017 season

  • 4th week September  2017  - tree owned by John in Alvechurch, United Kingdom

2014 season

  • 3rd week September  2014  - tree owned by Hannah in Minsterley, United Kingdom

Origins

  • Species: Malus domestica
  • Parentage: Raised from a pip, unknown parentage
  • Originates from: Eye, Suffolk, England, United Kingdom
  • Introduced: 1840s
  • Developed by: John Perkins, gardener to Lord Henniker, Thornham Hall
  • Orange Pippin Cultivar ID: 2271
  • UK National Fruit Collection accession: 2000-056

Identification

  • Fruit colour: Green

Using

  • Uses: Eat fresh
  • Uses: Cooking
  • Cooking result: Puree
  • Flavour quality: Good
  • Flavour style: Sharper
  • Harvest period: Late season
  • Use / keeping: 3 months or more

Growing

  • Cropping: Good
  • Flowering period: Mid-Late season
  • Flowering group: 4
  • Fertility: Self-sterile
  • Ploidy: Triploid
  • Pollinating others: Poor
  • Vigour: Large
  • Precocity: Slow to start bearing
  • General disease resistance: Good
  • Period of origin: 1800 - 1849

Other qualities

  • Awards: RHS AGM

Diseases

  • Scab  - Some resistance


Where to buy fresh fruit

No orchards have registered as growing this variety. If you grow this and want to register please go to our Orchard Registration form.



References

  • Apples of England (1948)
    Author: Taylor
  • The Fruit Manual
    Author: Hogg
    A first-rate apple. Healthy. A great bearer.


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