Monday, 24 April 2017

8 Best Apple Trees to Grow in Scotland

Our latest blog is short (like Tilda!) and sweet (like me!) If you don't already have an apple tree in your garden then pop along to your nearest garden centre and make sure you have one fruiting away in your garden this summer. If, like us, you live in Scotland, you want to choose a variety perfect for our climate. Here are my favourite 8 apple trees to grow in Scotland...




Egremont Russet
The Egremont Russet is a cultivar of dessert apple, of the russet type. It has a rich, nutty flavour and crisp, firm and fairly juicy flesh.



Discovery
Discovery is best known because it produces some of the earliest apples in the UK. The cropping time is mid to late August and lasts for about a month into September.


Fiesta
Fiesta is a modern cultivar of domesticated apple which is often marketed as Red Pippin. 



James Grieve
The multi-tasking James Grieve fulfils every apple expectation: it juices beautifully, cooks perfectly and is so refreshing to eat.



Katy
Katy is a great choice for newcomers to growing apple trees because disease resistance is high and it requires only minimal pruning. It grows well all over the UK but is especially valuable in cooler parts where it shrugs off late frosts with ease.



Laxtons Superb
'Laxton's Superb' is a heavy-cropping, late-season, dessert apple with a sweet flavour and firm flesh. 



Spartan
Attractive, crunchy, sweet, easy to grow, and with the characteristic delicate wine-like flavour of the McIntosh family of apples (or so mummy says!)




Sunset
Sunset is a popular Cox-style apple, recommended as one of the best alternatives to Cox's Orange Pippin as it is much easier to grow. 



So there you go, there's no excuse not be crunching on your very own home-grown apples this autumn!