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Malus domestica 'Alkmene' (D) AGM

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Characteristics

Plant type

Fruit (edible)

Habit

Bushy

Fragrance

Fruit

Resilience

Hardiness

H6 (hardy - very cold winter)

Colour

Flower

Pale Pink in Spring

Foliage

Green in Autumn, Spring and Summer

Fruit

Pale Green, Pale Orange, Pale Red and Pale Yellow in Autumn

Size

Ultimate height

4-8 metres

Ultimate spread

4-8 metres

Time to ultimate height

5-10 years


Preferred common name

apple 'Alkmene'

Family

Rosaceae


Malus are small to medium-sized deciduous trees with showy flowers in spring and ornamental or edible fruit in autumn; some have good autumn foliage colour

'Alkmene' is a dessert cultivar with an aromatic 'Cox'-like flavour. It produces good, regular crops. Season of use is from late September to late October

Synonym(s)

  • Malus domestica EARLY WINDSOR

How to grow

Sunlight

  • Full sun

Aspect

  • South-facing, North-facing, West-facing or East-facing
  • Sheltered

Cultivation

Suitable for all training forms. Keep a clear area around the trunk of at least 60cm radius. Thin fruit as required. See also apple pruning

Soil

  • Well-drained or Moist but well-drained
  • Neutral
  • Loam, Clay or Sand

Propagation

Propagate by budding or grafting onto a clonal rootstock. The rootstock used will effect the size of the plant

Suggested planting locations and garden types

Architectural or Cottage/Informal Garden


How to care

Pruning

Pruning apples according to age and training form

Pests

Aphids, woolly aphid, fruit tree red spider mite, mussel scale, codling moth and caterpillars are the main pests on edible apples

Diseases

Some resistance to apple scab and mildew