Traditional English variety dating to around 1857
Heavy crops of large apples
Beautiful deep pink blossom
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Apple ‘Annie Elizabeth’ is a traditional English cooking apple raised around 1857. It is a late-season apple producing heavy crops of large, yellow apples. The fruit is sweeter than most culinary apples and the flesh is firm, keeping its shape well when cooked. Ready for picking in October and stores for up to 6 months in cool, dry, frost-free conditions. Blossom is deep pink-red.
Partially self-fertile, needs a pollination partner to crop well. Pollination group 4.
Estimated time to cropping once planted: 2 years.
Estimated time to best yields: 5 years.
1 Bare Root Tree (Organic M26 Rootstock) (KC3098)
These plants are lifted from the nursery field when dormant, and sent to you in late autumn or spring for planting. They often look dead on arrival, but they are just resting in the dormant period and will establish quickly for a strong start in the garden come spring. Set out in prepared soil in holes wide enough and deep enough to lay out the roots. Tread down the planting soil to knock out air pockets. Water well to settle. Apply a mulch to protect roots from cold temperatures. If conditions prevent immediate planting, set roughly into loose soil or a pot of compost (‘heeling in’) to protect the roots. Set these at the same level as they were in the nursery field – you should see a soil line at the base of the stem. Stake trees, taller shrubs and roses to prevent root disturbance.
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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