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What are the best apple tree varieties to grow in my garden? (8 replies)

NewHomeNewGarden
NewHomeNewGarden
4 years ago
NewHomeNewGarden 4 years ago

With the purchase of my new house I inherited two apple trees in my garden. One doesn't seem to be doing anything, and the other is so straggly and too close to the fence that I would like to remove it. I want to replace both of them with new apple trees, and wondered if anyone has any suggestions on the best varieties to grow in the garden? 

Ideally I would like a cooking apple and dessert apple. Any suggestions would be appreciated. 🙂

Newbie to gardening with a little bit of horti knowledge but still needing all the advice I can get

Gardening_Graham
Gardening_Graham
4 years ago
Gardening_Graham 4 years ago

A Bramley every time for the cooking apple 🙂

Old Gardeners never die, they just throw in the trowel

NewHomeNewGarden
NewHomeNewGarden
4 years ago
NewHomeNewGarden 4 years ago

Thanks Gardening_Graham 🙂 

Do you have any suggestions on dessert apples which can be grown with Bramleys? I know for some apples you need 1 or 2 other pollinators? 

Ideally I only want one cooking apple and one dessert apple. Luckily someone else nearby has a few apple trees in their garden, but I am not sure what varieties theirs are.

Newbie to gardening with a little bit of horti knowledge but still needing all the advice I can get

Oldchap
Oldchap
4 years ago
Oldchap 4 years ago

Bramley seedling is in flowering group 3 and can be pollinated by any other apple in groups 2,3,and 4.

If you want to select an apple this link might be useful 🙂

https://www.rhs.org.uk/advice/pdfs/applepollinationgroups

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NewHomeNewGarden
NewHomeNewGarden
4 years ago
NewHomeNewGarden 4 years ago

Thanks Oldchap. Do you know if I would need one or two other apple trees to pollinate it?

I really like braeburn apple's too but they don't appear to be on that list.

Newbie to gardening with a little bit of horti knowledge but still needing all the advice I can get

Gardening_Graham
Gardening_Graham
4 years ago
Gardening_Graham 4 years ago

Hi again NewHomeNewGarden, Braeburn are a great choice, but they aren't self-fertile so you'd definitely need another tree and Bramley will do just fine.

I look forward to seeing posts of the first Apple and blackberry crumble on here!

Old Gardeners never die, they just throw in the trowel

NewHomeNewGarden
NewHomeNewGarden
4 years ago
NewHomeNewGarden 4 years ago

Hi Gardening_Graham,

Brilliant, thanks.

I think I will look at getting a Bramley seedling and a Braeburn then 🙂

Newbie to gardening with a little bit of horti knowledge but still needing all the advice I can get

Keyleigh Alice
Keyleigh Alice
3 years ago
Keyleigh Alice 3 years ago

I love the minature fruit trees you do, I wnat a peach one -  any suggestions on what variety I can grow in a pot?

Florexpert
Florexpert
3 years ago
Florexpert 3 years ago

Hi Keyleigh Alice,

You could try 'Avalon Pride' on a dwarfing rootstock. It is resistant to peach leaf curl disease, so you don't ever need to spray it with Bordeaux mixture!

'Crimson Bonfire' is nice too with its deep burgundy leaves, it makes a nice feature even when the tree is not in flower or fruit 🙂





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