Regarded to be the finest tasting dessert apple, the rich aromatic flavour and crisp, juicy texture set this apple apart from other varieties. Apple 'Cox's Orange Pippin' produces medium sized, orange-red fruits with thin skins. Although not considered to be the easiest variety to grow, it is well suited to the temperate UK climate, producing a good crop that can be harvested from September for immediate use and store for a short period too.
Grafted onto a dwarfing rootstock, the crowns of 'Cox's Orange Pippin' apple trees are easily reached to prune, spray and pick your delicious fruit. 'Cox's Orange Pippin' is not self-fertile so for the heaviest crops it is best grown with another variety such as 'Braeburn'. If you only have room for one tree then make sure that a neighbour has a tree close by that can act as suitable pollinator.Root wrap plant supplied. Height and spread: 2.5m (8') Rootstock: M9.
Estimated time to cropping once planted: 2 years.
Estimated time to best yields: 5 years.
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Fruit trees do not suffer weed competition well. Keep weeds and grass clear from within a 30cm radius of base of the tree. In spring, while the ground is moist, apply a mulch of well rotted manure or garden compost around the base of the tree, taking care not to mound it up against the stem. This will help to retain moisture throughout the summer. Feed and water apple trees during particularly dry periods.
Pruning apple trees begins immediately after planting. Remove the central stem to just above the highest side branch. For the following 3 years, prune only the tips of the remaining main branches by one third in winter. Aim for about six main branches which will form the frame of your tree, with fruiting sub branches growing off of them. From the fourth year, some sub branches can be pruned out at the union where they join the main branch, to allow new sub branches to take their place.
In order to produce the best quality, largest apples, the fruits should be thinned in July leaving two apples remaining per cluster.
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