“The Family Tree” – Plant of the week.
- Posted By: Phil
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The Family Tree
A “family tree” is a name of tree which has several varieties grafted on to one trunk and are perfect for gardens with little space.
These 5 different varieties mean you will be able to enjoy 5 different flavours of apple which will ripen at different times, extending your enjoyment of this tree. The tree may be planed in a pit or in the open soil.
You can keep the tree small by pruning it into a sphere three or four times annually.
Verities of apple
James Grieve is a juicy delicate flavour, perfect for eating raw or cooked.
Jonagold – A cross between the crisp Golden Delicious and the blush-crimson Jonathan. They form a large sweet fruit with a thin skin
The Elstar – Medium-sized apple whose skin is mostly red with yellow showing. The flesh is white, and has a soft, crispy texture. It may be used for cooking and is especially good for making apple sauce. In general, however, it is used in desserts due to its sweet flavour.
Summerred – The flavor is reminiscent of Golden Delicious, but a bit more robust and full-flavored. These early ripening apples are great for fresh eating and baking.