apple 'Lord Derby'
apple Lord Derby
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- mm106 bare root
- Standard £5.95
- Position: full sun
- Soil: fertile, well-drained soil
- Rate of growth: average
- Ultimate size on MM106 rootstock: 4 x 3m
- Flowering period: April to May
- Hardiness: fully hardy
- Pollination group: 3 (flowering late in the season)
A mid to late-season cooking apple, ‘Lord Derby’ produces clusters of pale-pink flowers in spring with mid-green, yellow-hued, large fruit in autumn. An exceptionally hardy and disease-resistant variety, it is only partially self-fertile (belonging to pollination group 3) so will require a partner such as a flowering crab apple or a domesticated cultivar such as ‘Braeburn’ or ‘Cox’s Orange Pippin’ in order to crop well.
- 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 3Ds (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.