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Saturn Apple Tree
Introduced in 1980, Saturn (Malus domestica 'Saturn') is the result of a cross between the apple varieties Falstaff x Cox's Orange Pippin. Saturn produces heavy crops of attractive, red blushed, conical apples, which are juicy, crisp and refreshing. Not particularly aromatic.
As the Saturn apple tree has a lot of blossoms and is prepared to give the pollen up it is considered a good pollinator for other apple trees nearby in a similar flowering group e.g. C2, C3 or C4.
If ever this apple tree decided to work as a coal miner it is very unlikely to go on strike as it is very resistant to SCAB...we hear you groaning....come on, we could have said it was a poor healer when it cut its knee because it was scab resistant! Either way, if your apple tree starts working down a coal mine then it's disease resistance will be the least of your issues, the Worlds press at your garden fence would be.
We listed it as North UK suitable, this is not because it does have tendencies to work down coal mines but because it performs well compared to many other apples under harsher conditions e.g. frost at blossom time. These would be places in the UK usually further North not places such as stuck in a lift with Ann Robinson, parking ticket appeals court or mother in laws birthday party and you have just been asked how old you think she is.
Month of Picking: September
Type of Apple: Eating
Self-fertile/Not self-fertile: This apple is self-fertile so does not require another apple to act as a pollination partner.
This apple is in flowering period is C3.
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.
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.