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Malus domestica Katy

Apple Katy

Easy to grow and very tasty

An early delight at the end of the summer. A sharp flavour makes this popular apple refreshing straight from the tree or to use in the kitchen. A heavy cropper which also makes great juice.

Where?

Happiest in full sun where the warmth and light will ripen the fruit.

How?

Add organic matter to the soil before planting - well rotted manure or homemade garden compost is fine for this. 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.

Katy was bred in 1947 at Balsgard Fruit Breeding Institute in Sweden. It was first introduced in Britain during the mid 1960's.

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 No
Plant height 350 cm - 600 cm
Plant width 250 cm - 300 cm
Fragrant flowers Yes
Attracts bees No
Attracts butterflies No
Plant height in 5 years 320 cm
Hardiness zone (?) H4

Will perform best in these conditions

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Soil type Sand, Chalk, Loam
Light exposure Full sun
Soil drainage Well drained
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, Patio container, City garden, Courtyard garden

Additional Information for Fruit, Veg and Bulbs

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Fruiting May - October
Cropping August - November

Typically available

From January to December