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Malus domestica Blenheim Orange

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Apple Blenheim Orange

Good for eating but best for cooking

A wonderful heritage variety with orange red fruits which can be eaten from the tree when ripe or stored for use later. It works very well as a cooking apple.

Where?

Happiest in a sunny site and any good garden soil. Give this tree plenty of room to spread its branches.

How?

Dig organic matter into the soil before planting - homemade garden compost or well-rotted manure is fine. Water your tree occasionally in dry weather until it has established. To get a crop of apples there needs to be another apple tree nearby which flowers around the same time, to act as a pollinator. This variety is in flowering group 3, so will need a neighbour from flowering group 2,3 or 4.

This traditional variety was introduced in 1818 is named after Blenheim Palace, in Oxfordshire - childhood home of Sir Winston Churchill.

Plant details


In depth plant information

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Plant type Fruit tree
Flower colour
Foliage colour
Typically available January - December
Season of interest Spring
Flowering March - May
Evergreen Yes
Plant height 400 cm - 800 cm
Plant width 400 cm - 800 cm
Fragrant flowers Yes
Attracts bees Yes
Attracts butterflies Yes
Plant height in 5 years 400 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 Cottage garden, Informal garden

Additional Information for Fruit, Veg and Bulbs

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Fruiting June - October
Cropping August - October

Typically available

From January to December