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Malus domestica Ballerina Bolero

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Apple

Perfect for a small garden

Now even the smallest of spaces can have apple trees. This variety grows neatly into a narrow column and produces tasty fruit that ripens in September - pick and eat straight away to enjoy the apples at their best.

Where?

Suitable for big containers on a sunny patio or to grow in a border to add height and spring interest when the trees are in flower. Great to divide up areas of your garden and in the kitchen garden as well.

Where?

Happiest in an open, sunny site and soil which is not too dry in summer. Plant with other apples for a larger crop.

How?

Add well rotted manure or garden compost to the soil before planting and stake the tree whilst it is young to help the roots establish. Feed with a suitable fertiliser each spring. If planting in a pot use John Innes No 3 potting compost and keep well watered in dry weather.

Plant details


In depth plant information

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Plant type Fruit tree
Flower colour
Foliage colour
Typically available February - September
Season of interest Spring, Autumn
Flowering May - May
Evergreen No
Plant height 200 cm - 300 cm
Plant width 30 cm - 50 cm
Fragrant flowers Yes
Attracts bees Yes
Attracts butterflies Yes
Plant height in 5 years 200 cm
Hardiness zone (?) H6

Will perform best in these conditions

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Soil type Loam, Clay, Sand
Light exposure Full sun, Part shade
Soil drainage Well drained, Medium
Planting instructions

Water the plant in its pot thoroughly before planting – give it a good soaking. Prepare the area by digging a hole twice the size of the pot. Dig compost into the base of the hole. Position the stake in the hole, on the side of the prevailing wind and drive it into the soil, to a depth of 60cm. The stake should be a third of the height of the tree, when planted. Remove the pot and position the plant in the hole close to the stake, with the rootball about level with the surrounding soil. Refill the planting hole with a mixture of garden soil and compost, firming as you go. Use two tree ties to secure the stem to the stake. Water in well and keep well watered during the plant's first year. Check ties regularly and adjust them as the tree grows.

Planting site Patio container, City garden

Additional Information for Fruit, Veg and Bulbs

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Fruiting June - October
Cropping August - October

Typically available

From February to September