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.
The 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.
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.
Soak. [ACTION SHOT!]
Stones to decorate and keep the moisture in.
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.