An indication of an apple being ready to pick is that is has coloured. The fruit should have swelled up to a good size and crunch with touch. To pick an apple, cup it in your hand, lift gently and if it easily comes off, it is ripe.
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Crab Apple 'John Downie' Overview
This apple is a broadly conical & upright mid sized tree getting to 8m high with pink buds opening to white flowers in spring. These develop into bright scarlet-orange fruits in autumn.
Common problems with Crab Apple 'John Downie'
Pests that attack apples are scale, codling moths, fruit fly and mites. Powdery mildew results in a dusty white coating on leaves and fruit. Apple scab results in greenish brown spots and fusi result in black spots on the fruit skin.
How to propagate Crab Apple 'John Downie'
Special features of Crab Apple 'John Downie'
Attracts useful insects
Blossoms need cross pollinating to set as fruit therefor the nectar attrack insects like bees.
Apple trees can be tree-trained or espaliered into beautiful shapes to make a pretty hedge screen.
Do not plant an apple tree where an old one was removed - rather plant vegetables or trees from other fruit families.
Other uses of Crab Apple 'John Downie'
Suitable to plant for architecture in urban or smaller gardens, it can also be grown in containers.
Apples are delicious nutritious fruit!
Minerals and vitamins inside the fruit prevent diseases and grated apple is considered a wonderful treat for recovering during and or after illness.