apple 'Cox's Orange Pippin' self fertile
apple Cox's Orange Pippin
- available to order from autumn
- m27 11.5litre (bush)
This plant is deciduous so it will lose all its leaves in autumn, then fresh new foliage appears again each spring.
- Position: full sun
- Soil: fertile, well-drained soil
- Rate of growth: average to fast-growing
- Ultimate size on M27 rootstock: 1.8 x 1.8m (6 x 6ft)
- Flowering period: April and May
- Hardiness: frost hardy (may need winter protection)
- Pollination Group: Partially self fertile - but for a bumper crop use an apple from group 3 (flowering late season)
Reliably producing a generous crop of orange flushed fruit (particularly when teamed with a pollination partner), this is often said to be one of the best British eating apples. With their rich and aromatic flavour, they are certainly long-standing favourites!
- 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, however it is partially self fertile, so does not need a pollinating partner to produce a crop of apples. For a bumper crop, it can be cross-pollinated with other apples in this group.