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Malus domestica Worcester Pearmain

Apple Worcester Pearmain

Early variety known for its sweet flavour

With its sweet flavour, this is a very popular early variety of eating apple that is best grabbed straight from the tree. The compact fruits are perfect for children lovely and sweet with a taste reminiscent of strawberries.

Where?

Happiest in moist, rich soil and full sun where the fruit will ripen at the end of the summer.

How?

Enrich the soil with organic matter before planting - homemade garden compost or well rotted manure is fine for this. Water occasionally until your tree is 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.

Worcester Pearmain was introduced in the 1870's and has been popular ever since.

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 400 cm - 800 cm
Plant width 250 cm - 400 cm
Fragrant flowers Yes
Attracts bees No
Attracts butterflies No
Plant height in 5 years 400 cm
Hardiness zone (?) H4

Will perform best in these conditions

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Soil type Chalk, Clay, Loam, Sand
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 June - September
Cropping August - September

Typically available

From January to December