About twenty other varieties have now joined them, and hand-pollination is in full swing, with pollen from last year being used on the very early flowers.
I often get asked if early flowering apples form early-ripening fruit. The answer is - not usually. A few early floweringtypes ripen very early (eg Sweetings) and one or two flower late and ripen late (eg Crawley Beauty) but overall there is not much of a link between flowering date and ripening date. The speed of growing and ripening (ie the chemical reactions inside the developing fruit) is unique to each variety.
12 Apr 17
First apple blossom last year in this part of South Leicestershire was Pink Pearl (18 Apr) followed by Webster Pinkmeat and Scarlet Surprise (20 Apr).
According to the plum dates I guess we may have some apple blossom around 25-30 Apr with Bramley at around 10-12 May, but much depends on what happens to the weather over the next fortnight.
10 Mar 17
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