apple 'Spartan'

mm106 12litre (bush) £69.99
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Buy apple 'Spartan' apple Spartan : A popular eating apple

  • Position: full sun
  • Soil: fertile, well-drained soil
  • Rate of growth: average to fast-growing
  • Ultimate size on MM106 rootstock: 5.5 x 5.5m (18 x 18ft)
  • Flowering period: April and May
  • Hardiness: fully hardy
  • Pollination Group: this apple belongs to pollination group 3 (flowering late season)

    This upright, spreading tree is covered in pure white, cup-shaped flowers in mid- and late spring, followed by crisp, juicy, dark red, dessert apples that can be harvested in early October. It's one of the best red-skinned varieties and the fruit will keep well for several months if they are stored correctly. Raised in Canada in 1926, it's ideal for a medium sized garden, where it can be appreciated for its ornamental beauty as well as its harvest.

  • Garden care: Keep the base of the tree weed free, fertilise at the beginning of each year and water regularly during hot, dry spells. The main prune should be done in the winter as long as it isn't frosty or freezing. Take out the 3D’s (dead, dying and diseased wood) and create an open shape. Then reduce the leaders back by a third. Aim to create an airy structure without any crisscrossing branches. Summer prune in August by shortening any side shoots (or laterals) which are longer than 20cm back to three leaves. This will allow the sun to ripen the fruit and encourage more fruit buds. Make sure that the growth you’re cutting away feels firm to the touch.

  • Pollination information: This apple belongs to pollination group 3, so you will need to plant one other different variety of apple to guarantee cross pollination, and a subsequent bumper crop. Ideally this should come from the same pollination group, however it is possible to use one from group 2 or 4 as well.

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