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Malus x robusta 'Red Siberian'
Last month a picture of the blossom from the Red Siberian Crab in our garden, this month the fruit. The apples stay until at least next March and sometimes I have to take them off as the blossom breaks, the blackbirds try to eat them but only as a last resort when they can't find anything else. The little tree grows in spite of the south west, salt laden gales and is now a strange 'bonsai' shape, one year it was uprooted by the wind and replanted. In spite of all this it is really good value, for the fruit, the pollination and its hardiness.
I have been sent some pictures and information about Shalfleet Apple Day which was held on the 19th October 2013 here on the Isle of Wight. Unfortunately I missed it as we were away on holiday. There was an apple display, lots of good apple related food and an Apple press demonstration among other things. For more photos and information please look at Shalfleet Apple Day under Isle of Wight Apple People and Places
Red Siberian Crab - flowers early (3/5/13) and is a good pollinator for groups A/B/C
A work in progress on Pollination is now on this website in answer to quite a few queries and comments (good and bad!) about my use of flowering dates, season, picking and storage. Please look at the new Menu item 'Pollination'. Almost all the apples on the website are now in a list of pollination groups/season/storage times. I hope this will be useful when making a choice. Look at 'Blossom Gallery' under 'Photo Galleries' to view apple blossom pictures and look forward to next spring. I would be really pleased for comments and suggestions so let me know how I can improve it, make it more useful and user friendly. I am also working through the individual apples in the alphabetic list and putting in the pollination groups.
The website has been busy but I am keeping up with all the emails - just
I have a lot of queries from people who would like to send me a photo of their apple so I can identify it. Photos are always interesting but there are several good reasons why it is not possible to identify an apple accurately from a photo. An educated guess but not an accurate identification. Firstly it is difficult to get a feeling of scale and size from a photo, secondly you really need to feel the apple, dry or greasy skin, ribs, smooth or bumpy (hammered), rough from russet patches etc. Then there is the aroma and of course the taste, not to mention what the inside looks like when it is cut open (section). A photo doesn't tell you any of the above. So please don't be disappointed if I can't help.
Apologies for the long gap and the fact that the promised work on pollination times and shapes has not been published as planned. It is coming. I have been in hospital and have taken longer than expected to recover. My general conclusion about flowering times is that the books are accurate in stating which apple flowers with which BUT local weather conditions do affect the gaps between flowering times. They do always flower in the same order. This was only a small study using just the apples in our one garden.
Apologies for no October news, we have been on holiday in Devon and Dorset and we hardly saw an apple. All the cider orchards were bare and picked, as is the Island cider orchard at Watergate Road. Usually when walking in the autumn we pass gardens with apples on trees but not this year.
The apple season has started in earnest and already there are queries to answer and places to visit. Some are easy, like the apple that was sold as Tydeman’s Late Orange and turned out to be Tydeman’s Early Worcester. We have both in our garden and it was a simple matter of walking up the path and checking.