Apple & Pear DuoMalus domestica, Pyrus domesticaApple 'Santana', Pear 'Beurre Alexandre Lucas'

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What is Hardy Tree?
Woody plant, usually having a permanent framework of branches. Capable of withstanding outdoor winter temperatures down to -15C.

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Apple 'Santana' - Pollination Group 3 - Eating Apple

Pear 'Beurre Alexandre Lucas' - Pollination Group 2 - Eating Pear

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A dynamic duo of apples and pears that will have your mouth watering! Apple ‘Santana’ and Pear 'Beurre Alexandre Lucas' make the perfect partnership for your garden, delivering generous crops of crisp and juicy fruits.

Apple ‘Santana’ - Pollination Group 3 - Eating Apple - boasts red fruits with a nicely balanced flavour, juicy flesh and a good crunch. Good yields of large dessert apple can be harvested in September and may be stored into October if necessary.

Pear 'Beurre Alexandre Lucas' - Pollination Group 2 - Eating Pear - produces rounded, russet skinned dessert Pears. The white flesh is sweet and buttery with a hint of acidity that gives it a distinctive and delicious flavour. Fruits can be harvested in October when they ripen from green to a gentle shade of yellow-green.

  • Apple rootstock:
  • M9 - Dwarf reaching a mature height of up to 2.5m (8')
  • Pear and Quince rootstocks:
  • Quince Adams - Dwarf reaching a mature height of up to 2.5-3m (8-10')

These varieties are not self-fertile but will still produce fruit when pollinated by passing insects. For the heaviest crops they are best grown with another variety of apple and pear. If you only have room for one tree then a neighbouring tree close by will often act as a suitable pollinator.

Estimated time to cropping once planted: 2 years.
Estimated time to best yields: 5 years.

Useful links:

How to grow fruit trees Fruit rootstock guide

Culinary note: A top pick for tarte tatin because of its rich, tart flavour. Some parts of these flowers are edible. For more details about edible flowers click here.

2 bare root trees (1 of each variety) (KC0853)
4 bare root trees (2 of each variety) (KC0854)

How to Grow
Plant fruit trees in any well drained soil in a sheltered sunny position. Prior to planting, incorporate plenty of well rotted manure or garden compost into the planting hole and drive the stake into the ground to support the tree. Staking after planting may result in damage to the root ball. Plant fruit trees at their original soil level and firm them into the ground. Fasten the tree to the stake using a tree tie, and water well.
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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 fruit 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 fruits, the fruits should be thinned leaving two fruits remaining per cluster.


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