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ColinAColinA Posts: 386

I have an established unknown eating apple tree in my garden which was in situ when we moved in thirteen years ago, it nearly always gives good crops.
I am now wanting to plant a Bramley cooking apple tree approximately thirty feet away, will these two trees cross pollinate and give mixed crops.



  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Posts: 86,965
    Hello ColinA :smile:
    Without knowing what variety your existing tree is I'm afraid it'smpossible to say whether it will pollinate a Bramley Seedling cooking apple.  To add to the complication a Bramley is a triploid and requires two pollination partners.

    More info here i

    Gardening in Central Norfolk on improved gritty moraine over chalk ... free-draining.

  • ColinAColinA Posts: 386
    Yhans for the info it saved buying a tree that was doomed to fail i think
  • TopbirdTopbird Posts: 8,245
    Try and find a good tree nursery near to you Colin - preferably one that handles a lot of fruit trees.
    There are many alternatives to Bramley for cooking and a good fruit tree nursery should be able to recommend the variety which would work best for you in terms of taste, texture, harvesting and storage times - as well as a flowering time to coincide with your existing tree.

    If all else fails I can recommend Crown Nursery in Suffolk - very knowledgeable people, and they do apple tasting days in autumn.

    They may be able to help by phone if it's too far to visit

    Heaven is ... sitting in the garden with a G&T and a cat while watching the sun go down
  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Posts: 86,965
    Oh yes Topbird ... Crown Nursery are brilliant.  :)

    Rev'd W Wilks is a really good cooking apple, a little earlier and less sharp than a 
    Bramley, but it cooks to the same soft purée as a Bramley does. 

    Gardening in Central Norfolk on improved gritty moraine over chalk ... free-draining.

  • LiriodendronLiriodendron Posts: 8,263
    If your apple tree fruits well without your growing another variety, it's either self-fertile, or more likely, there are compatible trees within a mile or so (bee-flying distance) of your garden.   :)

    I've grown Howgate Wonder, which is a "keeper" with large fruit, but not quite so acidic as Bramley, and Grenadier, which is an early cooker with a lovely flavour.  It doesn't keep long though.
    Since 2019 I've lived in east Clare, in the west of Ireland.
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