Apple 'Newton Wonder'

Malus domestica 'Newton Wonder'

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Malus domestica is a hardy, deciduous woody perennial tree that grows in cold temperate zones. also known by the common names Bramley apple or apple, this plant grows best where there is cold in winter, moderate summer temperatures, and medium to high humidity. It is moderately fast growing, but growth slows with age. Apple trees can live for 100 years or more. Apple trees bloom in the spring, set fruit, and take from 100 to 200 days to reach harvest depending upon the variety. An apple a day is said to keep the doctor away!

Planning

Difficulty

Easy

Flowering time

Spring

Fruiting time

Summer, Autumn

Harvesting

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.

Propagation

Cuttings

Grafts from a well-known cultivar is taken during dormant stage and grafted unto a rootstock - often seedlings produce strong roots and can be used as rootstock too! Budding is preferred in nurseries when only an eye is put on a rootstock.

Seed

Seed need cold stratification and will give rise to new characteristics, different than the parent, therefor seldom used. It will take about 7 years from pips to start harvest to evaluate new plant.

Special features

Attracts useful insects

Blossoms need cross pollinating to set as fruit therefor the nectar attrack insects like bees.

Crop rotation

Do not plant an apple tree where an old one was removed - rather plant vegetables or trees from other fruit families.

Hedge plant

Apple trees can be tree-trained or espaliered into beautiful shapes to make a pretty hedge screen.

Special features

Origin

Britain, Europe

Natural climate

Cold interior

Environment

Light

Full Sun, Partial Shade, Partial Sun

Soil moisture

Moist

Soil type

Clay, Loam

Soil PH preference

Neutral

Frost hardiness

Hardy

Uses

Culinary

Apples are delicious nutritious fruit!

Medicinal

Minerals and vitamins inside the fruit prevent diseases and grated apple is considered a wonderful treat for recovering during and or after illness.

Personality

Family

Rosaceae

Scent

Mild