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Apple 'Spartan'Malus domestica

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

An excellent pollinator for other apple trees

Deep maroon colour

Apples can remain on the tree for two weeks or more before they need harvesting

1 bare root apple tree (M26 Rootstock) £14.99 Within 48 Hours
1 x 12 litre potted apple plant (M26 Rootstock) £44.99 By The End Of September 2020
2 x 12 litre potted apple plants (M26 Rootstock) £84.99 By The End Of September 2020
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Description How to Grow More Info Delivery Reviews
Apple 'Spartan' produces distinctive, maroon coloured apples with a juicy texture and a sweet flavour. While these fruit make delicious snacks, they are also a useful ingredient in culinary creations such as pies and crumbles. They are slow to ripen, providing a welcome, sweet treat at the end of the autumn. Apple 'Spartan' has other practical uses, too: this hardy tree is an excellent pollinator, so proves itself to be extremely useful in orchards. It also makes a pretty feature in sunny cottage gardens when its blossom appears in the spring.
  • Apple rootstocks:
  • M27 - Extreme dwarf reaching a mature height of up to 1.5m (5')
  • M9/ Pajam 9/ P9 - Dwarf reaching a mature height of up to 2.5m (8')
  • M26 - Dwarf reaching a mature height of 2.5-3m (8-10')
  • M6 - Semi dwarf reaching a mature height of up to 3m (10')
  • MM106 - Semi dwarf reaching a mature height of up to 4m (13')

This variety is partially self-fertile. For the heaviest crops it is best grown with another variety. If you only have room for one tree then make sure that a neighbour has a tree close by that can 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

Some parts of these flowers are edible. For more details about edible flowers click here.


Kitchen Garden, Wildlife Gardens

Hardy

Full sun

Up to 400cm (157.5in)

Up to 300cm (118.1in)

easy

Easy for all|achievable with guidance

RHS plants for pollinators

1 bare root apple tree (M26 Rootstock) (71127)
1 x 12 litre potted apple plant (M26 Rootstock) (KA1875)
2 x 12 litre potted apple plants (M26 Rootstock) (TKA1876)

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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 apple 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 apples, the fruits should be thinned in July leaving two apples remaining per cluster.

Plant apple 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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