Yorkshire Balsam Apple Tree

After yesterday’s ap(ple)ventures, I woke up this morning with a spare terracotta pot, a load of soil and a desire for more apples!

While browsing through the apple selection at Beardsworths a few days ago, I noticed a great sounding apple called a Balsam.

Apple Balsam is without doubt the heaviest cropping variety in the Beardsworth’s orchard. If you want a dual purpose variety you should certainly consider Balsam. The stored apples make a regular appearance in our fruit bowl over the winter and it also makes excellent cider… Apple Balsam is from Yorkshire, England. 1750


So imagine my disappointment when I couldn’t find any there yesterday, while I was buying my Yorkshire Greening. I just assumed they had sold out. But this morning I had a bright idea. I rung up to see if they had any in stock.


Here is what happened next.

2015-07-19 13.13.36 2015-07-19 13.14.02The tree itself looks really healthy and has been well maintained at the nursery. It was well tied in four places to a tall piece of bamboo, which has trained it to grow nice and straight. Unlike the yesterday’s Greening, there is no fruit on this one yet. This is probably a good thing though, as the energy of the plant can go into the trunk and branches instead.

Method wise, I am doing exactly the same as yesterday, so you should have a look at that post if you want more detail. The Balsam is also an MM106 rootstock, and the pollination group is 2 this time. So (as I understand it) the two trees will probably not pollinate each other, but they should still both get pollinated from local plants and trees anyway.

Here goes…

2015-07-19 13.18.14Get your rocks off. Or in.

2015-07-19 13.20.54Our old friend John Innes number 3, and a good sprinkle of perlite.

2015-07-19 13.20.40Use your stake (and your loaf) to get the depth right.

2015-07-19 13.22.13Bish.

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2015-07-19 13.28.28Bosh.

Was a slight fiddle to get the old bamboo off as it was so well fitted. The tree was actually pretty steady with no stake, but I sunk the big stake anyway, which should give decent protection for quite a while. This time I used two ties as the tree is a wee bit taller than the Greening was yesterday.

2015-07-19 13.30.49Magic fertiliser pellets. Nom nom.

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Stones to decorate and keep the moisture in.

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Sorted. Sitting pretty next to yesterday’s Greening.

As you can see, once again I have been forced to accept a tacky, tasteless ornament. I will be getting my own back on Miss E by poisoning her Bonsai.

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