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

apple 'Elstar'

apple 'Elstar' - 80cm tall (patio standard)

5 year guarantee RHS award of garden merit Perfect for pollinators
M26 23cm pot £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: average to fast-growing
  • Ultimate size on M26 rootstock: 3 x 3m (10 x 10ft)
  • Flowering period: April to May
  • Hardiness: fully hardy
  • Pollination group: this apple belongs to pollination group 3

    An intensely flavoured, honeyed and crisp cultivar that produces heavy, regular crops of apples; greenish-yellow flushed red. A cross between 'Golden Delicious' and 'Ingrid Marie', 'Elstar' is a dessert apple in pollination group 3, requiring a pollination partner of a different variety nearby, such as ‘Braeburn’ or ‘Cox’s Orange Pippin’. Sold as a mini-standard, which is currently approximately 80cm tall, it is perfect for pots.

    Please note that the pot in the photograph is not supplied with the plant (which is sent out in a simple nursery alternative), but we have a wide and wonderful range on our website to choose from.

  • Garden care: 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. In August summer prune. Shorten 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 (flowering late season), however it is partially self fertile, so does not need a pollinating partner to produce a crop of apples. For a bumper crop, it can be cross-pollinated with other apples in this group.
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