Similar to Cox but easier to grow
Excellent aromatic flavour
Later-ripening and long-storing
Apple ‘Pixie’ is a Cox-style, aromatic, dessert apple which is more suited to colder, wetter climates than Cox. This later-ripening variety is ready for harvesting around mid-October but often with the flavour improving during storage. Cox’s Orange Pippin is reported to be one of its parents and the flavour is similar but juicier and crispier with a refreshing sharpness. Fruit is greenish-yellow flushed orange red. Yields can be heavy and this apple benefits from thinning to avoid small fruit. More suited to colder, wetter climates than Cox. Pollination group 4. Season of use October to March.
This variety is not self-fertile and requires a pollination partner.
Estimated time to cropping once planted: 2 years.
Estimated time to best yields: 5 years.
1 Bare Root Tree (Organic) (KC3103)
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 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.
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