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  • Eventual height: 4m
  • Eventual spread: 3m

apple 'Christmas Pippin' (PBR)

apple Christmas Pippin

5 year guarantee RHS award of garden merit Perfect for pollinators
bare root MM106 £39.99
£39.99
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This plant is deciduous so it will lose all its leaves in autumn, then fresh new foliage appears again each spring.

  • Position: full sun
  • Soil: fertile, well-drained soil
  • Rate of growth: fast-growing
  • Ultimate size on MM106 rootstock: 4 x 3m (12 x 10ft)
  • Flowering period: April to May
  • Hardiness: fully hardy
  • Pollination Group: this apple belongs to pollination group 3 (flowering late season)

    A relatively recent introduction, 'Christmas Pippin' has been hailed as 'the new garden Cox'. It's noted for it's abundance of flowers and fruits, so not only does it put on a breathtaking display in late spring, but it will also provide a bumper crop of deliciously sweet eating apples that will be ready to harvest in autumn.

  • Garden care: These bare root plants should be planted out as soon as possible after delivery. Keep the base of the tree weed free, fertilise at the beginning of each year and water regularly during hot, dry spells. The main prune should be done in the winter as long as it isn't frosty or freezing. Take out the 3D’s (dead, dying and diseased wood) and create an open shape. Then reduce the leaders back by a third. Aim to create an airy structure without any crisscrossing branches. Summer prune in August by shortening any side shoots (or laterals) which are longer than 20cm back to three leaves. This will allow the sun to ripen the fruit and encourage more fruit buds. Make sure that the growth you’re cutting away feels firm to the touch.

  • Pollination Information: This apple belongs to pollination group 3, so you will need to plant one other different variety of apple to guarantee cross pollination, and a subsequent bumper crop. Ideally this should come from the same pollination group, however it is possible to use one from group 2 or 4 as well.
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