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Apple 'Golden Delicious'

Malus pumila 'Golden Delicious'

Apple trees are deciduous and require long cold winters. For best results ask a local nursery for advice on optimal choices in terms of rootstock, varieties and cross pollinators. Golden Delicious apples have a green to yellow skin and ripen in midsummer.

Planning

Difficulty
Moderate
Flowering time
Spring
Fruiting time
Summer

Harvesting

Golden Delicious trees blossom in Spring and the apples are picked in Summer.

Propagation

Cuttings
Graft or bud Golden Delicious on seedling or other rootstock.
Seed
Seed need cold stratification of about 3 months. sow them outside in Autumn or let them overwinter in the fridge before planting in Spring. the seed will not breed true-to-kind and often revert back to old small apples!

Special features

Attracts useful insects
Apples are self-infertile and need to be cross-pollinated with a different cultivar apple - usually with the help of insects!
Crop rotation
Replant desease force groewers to treat old apple soil befor they can replant with apples agaain.

Geography

Origin
United States West Virginia 1890s
Natural climate
Cold Interior

Environment

Light
Full Sun
Soil moisture
Moist
Soil type
Loam
Soil PH preference
Acid, Neutral
Frost hardiness
Hardy

Uses

Notes
Culinary

Personality

Family
Rosaceae
Flower colour
White with pink buds.
Scent
None

Problems

While young, bolworm attacks growth tips making tree training tricky. Fruit suffer from fruitfly, codling moth and fusi. Practise good orchard hygiene by harvesting all fruit when ripe and remove fallen fruits or windfall. Thin fruit to prevent small fruit!
Cucumber Mosaic Virus
Cucumber Mosaic Virus
Cucumber Mosaic Cucumovirus

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