Apples

Apples

We grow more than 1000 apple trees, and more than 65 varieties. Some are on semi-dwarfing rootstock and grown on trellis, some are on seedling rootstock and grown as free standing 'vase' shaped trees. Trees in the collection are either in the working orchard managed by Ant Wilson (Tellurian Fruit Gardens), the heritage apple orchard managed by us, or in Carr's Organic Fruit Tree Nursery.

In addition to the varieties people expect in a modern orchard (Pink Lady, Fuji and Gala), our collection includes many old fashioned favourites (Granny Smith, Golden Delicious, Snow, Gravenstein, Akane and Jonathon) as well as a wide selection of heritage apples (from the several hundred that exist) including Bramley, Cox's Orange Pippin, Empire, Geevevstone Fanny, James Grieve and Irish Peach, as well as a collection of 7 different cider apples.

We're pleased to bring you information about some of the most popular varieties and hope you find it useful. We also maintain an extensive Fruit Tree Database as part of our Grow Great Fruit home-study program.

Varieties vary from each other in many aspects, including pollinisation potential, susceptibility to various diseases, and tendency to biennially bear fruit. Your growing district can also play a part – a variety that is a problem biennial bearer here in central Victoria may not demonstrate the same problem if grown in Queensland or Tasmania.

Picking dates can vary by up to two weeks from one season to another, depending on the conditions, but usually the order of ripening stays about the same. The dates given below are the average picking dates in Harcourt. Most varieties can be picked over a period of 2 or 3 weeks.

More information about each variety, including harvest dates, pollination information, production notes, chill hours, blossom time, origin and disease susceptibility and resistance (where known) are included in our Fruit Tree Database, accessible by members of the Grow Great Fruit program.

Bramley's Seedling Photo not yet available

Large green heritage cooking apple.

Picking Dates: Late February

 

Cox's Orange Pippin Cox's

Heritage English early season eating variety.

Picking Dates:  Early March

 

Fuji Fuji

Dusky pink eating apple.

Picking Dates: Mid March

 

Gala Gala

Modern early season apple, crisp and sweet.

Picking Dates: Early February

 

Golden Delicious Golden Delicious

Heritage golden yellow eating variety, delicious but goes soft when overripe. 

Picking Dates: Mid March

 

Granny Smith Granny Smith

Old fashioned green cooking apple, bred in Australia.

Picking Dates: Late March

 

Gravenstein

Heritage variety, early season eating apple. 

Picking Dates: Late January

 

Jonathon Jonathon

Old variety with bright red skin.

Picking Dates: Early March

 

Pink Lady Pink Lady

Modern pink skinned late season eating apple.

Picking Dates: Late April

 

Snow Snow

Very old heritage eating apple with bright white flesh.

Picking Dates: Early March

 

Sundowner Sundowner

Late season, tart eating apple.

Picking Dates: Mid May

 

 

About Us

We – Hugh and Katie Finlay – draw on over 15 years' experience as orchardists at our farm, Mt Alexander Fruit Gardens, to bring you the Grow Great Fruit Program, the farm-proven system for home fruit growers.

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We grow organically, and teach organic growing principles and methods. We’re aware of the changing climate, so the farming methods we use help to create solutions, not add to the problem. We've poured years of experience into our farm-tested Grow Great Fruit program after talking to hundreds of home growers, and figuring out what you need most...information, security, and someone you can trust to help you solve your problems.

 

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