Apple Malus James Grieve

British Grown
Volume 1+
Price per plant £18.00
Price £21.60
British Grown
Volume 1+
Price per plant £27.00
Price £32.40
British Grown
Volume 1+
Price per plant £39.00
Price £46.80

All prices include VAT

Product description


JAMES GRIEVE

Characteristics

James Grieve is a Scottish introduction which is an easy to grow, dual purpose apple.  It has red flush stripes over a pale green background has a lovely crisp refreshing flavour that is also ideal for juicing.  It becomes milder and softer in flavour with keeping making it a good accomplishment with cheese.

It keeps it shape when cooked, is a reliable cropper, the blossom is frost hardy making it suitable for growing in all parts of the country.  Best picked in September and used until October.

Pollination
Pollination group 3 so will cross pollinate with any apple in group 2, 3 and 4.


Rootstock
All of our apple trees are grown on the rootstock MM106; this is a semi vigorous stock that will grow to the ultimate height of 14 to 16 ft. (4 metres).  It is suitable for growing as espaliers and cordons.

Did you know?

There are about 40 known varieties of Scottish apples out of a possible 6000 British varieties of apples within the UK.

Spread
0-5 meters
Shape/habit
Open
Spreading
Growth rate
Medium
Soil type
All soil types
Sun levels
Full sun
Difficulty/hard to grow
Easy
Evergreen/Deciduous
Deciduous
Leaf
Green
Flower colour
White
Flowering type
Single
Flowering month
April
May
Fruit pollination group
Three
Fruiting period
August
September
Fruit attributes
Sweet
Good for juice
Eating
Dual purpose
Good Cropper
Fruit pollination type (SF)
Self Fertile
Fruit storage period
September
October
Fruit colour
Red
Green
Fruit size
Medium
Uses
Garden Tree
Small garden Tree
City/Urban Sites
Country/Farmland
Encourages wildlife
Bee Friendly
Edible Fruit/Nuts

Aftercare

For the continued healthy growth of your trees, shrubs or hedging it is vital that you follow the advice below.

Watering

The main reason that plants die within 12 months of having been planted is lack of water.  It is essential throughout the spring and summer, to give a heavy enough watering to enable the water to penetrate right down to the deepest root level of the tree.  In hot dry spells give the equivalent of 2 bucketfuls every three days.

Weed Control

One of the most common causes of lack of water is competition from grass.  When trees are first establishing, the grass roots would be at the same level as the tree roots and are far more efficient at taking up water and thus choke the tree.  It is vital for 3 years after planting that your tree or hedge has a circle or strip one  metre wide completely free of grass.  The way to eliminate grass in order of effectiveness is:

  1. Spray off the grass with a glyphosate based weed killer such as Roundup.  Apply each year for the first 3 years.  It is best applied when the tree is dormant as it is absorbed through green leaves and kills the plant off at the roots.
  2. Firmly fit a mulch mat around the base of the tree by tucking the edges into the soil and put a thick layer of bark mulch on top of this.  This can be done after the initial spraying with glyphosate and should avoid the need for further spraying.

Mowing or strimming is NOT an answer to the problem.  Each time you mow, the grass will grow back more vigorously and strimming invariably leads to lacerated trunks.

Staking

If trees are not correctly secured they will rock in the planting pit. Roots not firmly in contact with the soil are unable to take up moisture and nutrients, resulting in die back or death of the tree.  Check, particularly after windy weather, that stakes are still solidly in the ground keeping the base of the trunk firm.  The purpose of the stakes is to anchor the roots.   Flexing in the wind, higher up the trunk, is not necessarily a problem if the roots are firm.

Bellow is list of the correct system to use to secure your trees.

  • 40/60, 60/80, 80/100 whips - Unless rabbit/deer problem no need to stake.
  • 100/125, 125/150  1.2m Cane and Easi tie.
  • 150/175  1.2m square stake and a buckle tie and spacer.
  • 175/250, 6/8, 8/10 15L 1.65 Tree stake and a buckle tie and spacer.
  • All larger trees. 2 x 1.65 Tree stake and cross rail with 38mm cushion spacer and 1m of 38mm strapping.

Ties

Always use our recommended tree ties or strapping.  These are designed and manufactured with the correct amount of give to hold the tree firm without strangling it. They should be checked at the end of each growing season for adjustment as the trunk thickens.  Non proprietary materials such as baler twine will cut into the bark and should not be used.

Protection from Animal Damage

Rabbits, deer, sheep, cattle and horses can all potentially damage trees.  Ask us for advice on the most appropriate guards for your trees or hedge.  Squirrels are also a terrible pest when trees get to about 20ft tall but there is no protection available.

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