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An old variety from Carse of Gowrie, Bloody Ploughman (Malus domestica 'Bloody Ploughman') has a fascinating story behind it. According to the story, a ploughman was shot by a game keeper for stealing and this apple arose from a pip on his grave. Bloody Ploughman is a apple that is very red and ribbed in appearance. More likely to be a cooking apple rather than its supposed fresh eating reputation.
Month of Picking: September
Type of Apple: Eating/Cooking (see above)
Self-fertile/Not self-fertile: This apple is not self-fertile and requires another apple to act as a pollination partner.
This apple is in flowering period is C2.
How to choose a suitable pollination partner:
To make it easy to match this apple with a suitable pollination partner we have used a series of codes, which are C1, C2, C3, C4 and C5 and relate to flowering periods. Every apple variety we sell will have one of these codes.
The code we have given this apple tree means that you need to find another apple with the same code or one less or one more, so for example if the apple is code C3, then another apple variety with code C3 or C5 would be necessary to act as a reliable pollination partner.
This variety of apple tree is supplied in a 12 litre container, which means that the tree can be planted any time of the year and with better results than either bare-root or rootballed trees.
Available on the following rootstock:
Semi-Vigorous Rootstock MM106 (Bush), supplied at a height of between 1.25 and 1.50 metres and the tree will reach an approximate height of 3.6 metres
Apple Tree Jargon Explained
| ||MM106||Grows to a final height of around 3.6 metres.|| |
| ||M9||Grows to a final height of around 2.5 metres.|| |
| ||M26||Grows to a final height of around 3.0 metres.|| |
| ||M27||Grows to a final height of around 1.5 metres.|| |
| ||CORDON||Pruned to produce apples very quickly (1-3 years), favoured with commercial growers. More columnar than round shape. Less of a harvest compared to MM106.|| |
| ||BUSH||Clear stem of 45cm before branches grow out.|| |
| ||HALF STANDARD||Clear stem of 1 m. Conventional tree shape allowing easy grass mowing or companion planting.|| |
| ||MAIDEN||1-2 years old, no pruning or shaping. Blank slate for you to shape and train.|| |
| ||PATIO||Shaped to produce compact bush proportional for pot size, ideal for container growing.|| |
| ||(12L), (3L) etc||The size of the pot measured in litres.|| |
| ||SELF FERTILE ||Will produce fruit without another apple tree nearby.|| |
| ||C1,C2,C3,C4,C5||If your apple tree is NOT SELF FERTILE (they will be listed f they are) then you will need a second apple tree nearby of a similar number i.e. the same or one above or one below. So an apple tree from a C3 requires a C2, C3 or C4 planted close by for it to produce fruit. Triploids are an exception, see below.|| |
| ||Bare Root ||Available from November to March only. Comes with no pot or dirt around roots and is cheaper than potted options. Orders purchased outside this time will be held for delayed delivery until the next season starts. || |
| ||TRIPLOID||You have a selfish tree. It will be pollinated by other trees but the pollen it has to offer is useless. See TRIPLOID POLLINATION for more information. || |
Apple Tree Ages and heights
All our apple trees have been pruned and shaped to get the best results and are inspected by an apple tree expert before being sent to you. Maiden apple trees are 1-2 years old, the rest are 2-3 years old. Heights vary depending on root stock however 1.5 to 2+ metres tall is an average apple tree height at delivery.
Quick Fruit Tree Links
Take a look at our TOP SELLING FRUIT TREES, Wet ground issues then choose a PEAR TREE first, followed by APPLE TREES. For more information on pollination please look at POLLINATION EXPLAINED or choosing the CORRECT POLLINATION PARTNER
Fruit Tree Life Expectancy
Most fruit trees will give you AT LEAST 40 years of fruit. Pears can go to 70. Records of 200 year old trees exist but this is the exception, not the rule.
Do I Need To Stake My Bare Root Fruit Tree?
9 out of 10 times the answer will be no, especially if under 200cm tall. However our article on Tree Staking should help guide you.
Growing Our Trees In The UK
To date, we have checked the passports of our trees and none seem to have sneaked off for non UK holidays so all are UK grown.
Warm and wet conditions from Climate Change have increased aesthetic foliage issues such as Powdery Mildew, Shothole, Rust etc These are not terminal issues and will usually last a season. All trees are inspected before being sent out to ensure they are fundamentally healthy.