Deliciously sweet and juicy fruits
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A dynamic duo of apples and pears that will have your mouth watering! Apple ‘Santana’ and Pear 'Beurre Alexandre Lucas' make the perfect partnership for your garden, delivering generous crops of crisp and juicy fruits.
Apple ‘Santana’ boasts red fruits with a nicely balanced flavour, juicy flesh and a good crunch. Good yields of large dessert apple can be harvested in September and may be stored into October if necessary.
Pear 'Beurre Alexandre Lucas' produces rounded, russet skinned dessert Pears. The white flesh is sweet and buttery with a hint of acidity that gives it a distinctive and delicious flavour. Fruits can be harvested in October when they ripen from green to a gentle shade of yellow-green.
These varieties are not self-fertile. For the heaviest crops they are best grown with another variety of apple and pear. 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.
Culinary note: A top pick for tarte tatin because of its rich, tart flavour. Some parts of these flowers are edible. For more details about edible flowers click here.
2 bare root trees (1 of each variety) (KC0853)
1 bare root pear tree (KC0849)
4 bare root trees (2 of each variety) (KC0854)
1 Apple 'Santana' plant bare root (KC0850)
These plants are lifted from the nursery field when dormant, and sent to you in late autumn or spring for planting. They often look dead on arrival, but they are just resting in the dormant period and will establish quickly for a strong start in the garden come spring. Set out in prepared soil in holes wide enough and deep enough to lay out the roots. Tread down the planting soil to knock out air pockets. Water well to settle. Apply a mulch to protect roots from cold temperatures. If conditions prevent immediate planting, set roughly into loose soil or a pot of compost (‘heeling in’) to protect the roots. Set these at the same level as they were in the nursery field – you should see a soil line at the base of the stem. Stake trees, taller shrubs and roses to prevent root disturbance.
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 fruit 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 fruits, the fruits should be thinned leaving two fruits remaining per cluster.
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