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Lord Derby Apple Tree Click The Link For Cheaper Bare Root Lord Derby Cooking Apple Tree
An excellent quality cooking apple variety, Lord Derby (Malus domestica 'Lord Derby') has large, firm, apples which are an attractive, green colour with a distinctive ribbed angular shape. Cook early when green for a sharp taste. Good for pies. An old English apple variety, introduced in the 19th Century.
Considered a good choice for growing in North UK, not because it bonds well with coal miners or is bothered by intermittent electricity supply but because it performs better than some other apple trees under less than perfect conditions. If you are going to complain about the jokes poked at those in the North, we should let you know we are in the middle and poke fun at everyone above and below us.
Month of Picking: October
Type of Apple: Cooking
Self-fertile/Not self-fertile: This apple is partially self-fertile. Its performance will be improved by planting another apple tree of either C3, C4 or C5 nearby.
This apple is in flowering period is C4. It needs another apple tree nearby from groups C3,C4 or C5 to produce apples.
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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.
Climate Change has increased aesthetic foliage issues such as Powdery Mildew, Shothole, Rust, frost damage etc These are not terminal issues and will usually last a season or less. All trees are inspected before being sent out to ensure they are fundamentally healthy and will bounce back.
Planting In The Corner Of A Garden
Air and light is reduced in this location which could promote fungus and bacterial issues. If the corner is of the house and a fence then you also have leeching issues to contend with from cement and wood preservatives. Also when it rains, that area would experience higher water levels so we advise against it unless the plant is very hardy.
Fruit Tree Heights
Taller does not mean more value for money. A 1 year old fruit tree can easily be substantially higher than a 2 year old, this is because they are hard pruned at 1 year old to create the desired shape. Some trees have over 100cm of height removed. They can then have another pruning at 2 years old to increase fruit growing real estate. Most fruit trees will benefit from having a third to half of the seasons new growth cut back in the Autumn to prevent long whippy branches which break easily. Age and pruning completed determine real value.
Apple Tree Jargon Explained
| ||MM106 ||Grows to a final height of around 3.6 metres. Usually delivered around 120-180cm for 2-3 year tree. || |
| ||MM106+ ||Grows to a final height of around 3.6 metres. Usually delivered around 180-240cm for 2-3 year tree. || |
| ||M9 ||Grows to a final height of around 2.5 metres. Usually delivered around 120-180cm for 2-3 year tree. || |
| ||M26 ||Grows to a final height of around 3.0 metres. Usually delivered around 120-180cm for 2-3 year tree. || |
| ||M27 ||Grows to a final height of around 1.5 metres. Usually delivered around 120-180cm for 2-3 year tree. || |
| ||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.