Dwarf Monty’s Surprise® Apple

$45.00 inc. GST

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An apple a day really does keep the doctor away! Monty’s Surprise Apple is a special variety selected by PlantNet based on scientific reports showing it has some of the highest flavonoids and antioxidant levels, both in the skin and flesh, of any apple variety found in the world (many times higher). Monty’s Surprise Apple also has high micro nutrient levels. It has been reported by health organisations around the world that high levels of these naturally occurring compounds are beneficial in supporting the immune system.

This apple was originally found on the roadside in New Zealand by Mark Christensen, a researcher looking at apples’ anti-cancer properties. He was struck by the large self-sown tree’s remarkable fruit with little sign of disease – in other words, a great roadside apple. Mark collected grafting wood soon after and, following numerous tests (details below), found that Monty’s Surprise was an extremely special apple when it came to health boosting qualities. The best thing? This is a great, flavoursome apple to complement its’ great contributions to your immune system!

Can be used in all sized gardens and has many uses including pots, tubs, small screens or hedges, specimen shrub/trees, feature plants for the courtyard, deck or balcony.
Tree height
Tree width
Skin colour
Red over green
White with a fine, crisp texture
Fruit shape
Round to slightly flat in shape
Fruit size
Extra-large, up to 120mm in diameter and 400 grams in weight!
Slightly tart
Harvest time
March to April
Fruit uses
Eating fresh, stewing, apple cider, cooking and dried apple
Produces large fruit, the trees will need support/staking


Monty’s Surprise apple Facts

The chemical analysis of over 250 apple varieties has identified this unique New Zealand seedling – the Monty’s Surprise apple. Testing conducted at the French National Institute for Health and Medical Research in Strasbourg (2007 & 2008) and Food Science Australia (part of CSIRO) on this variety has shown its potent effectiveness in assisting the human body to fight disease. We believe that this is currently the best apple available to help support the body’s immune system and to reduce the incidence of disease.

Comparison: Quercetin flavonoid levels in fruit:

VARIETYSKIN mg/cm2FLESH mg/g fruit weight
Dwarf Monty’s Surprise0.40.02
Pacific Rose apple (Gala x Splendour)0.110.0041
Grape Red0.0053
Grape Fruit yellow0.005
Grape Fruit pink0.0033
Blood orange0

Comparison: Procyanidins (strong anti-oxidants) levels in fruit:

VARIETYSKIN mg/cm2FLESH mg/g fruit weight
Monty’s Surprise apple0.70.14
Pacific Rose apple (Gala x Splendour)0.230.3
Grape Red0.0004
Grape Fruit yellow0
Grape Fruit pink0
Blood orange0.054

Source: https://heritagefoodcrops.org.nz/montys-surprise  (Scientific research completed by Central Trees Crop Research New Zealand, French National Institute for Health and Medical Research in Strasbourg and CSIRO Australia)

Growing Information

Site Selection – Plant in full sun. In hot climates, consider a space where the tree receives afternoon shade to reduce fruit scalding. If planting, prepare your site with compost, soil improvers, or composted manure.

Planting Dig your hole at the time of planting. Dig a hole twice the width of the rootball/pot, and one and a half deep. Backfill with a mixture of premium garden soil and good quality soil from the hole. Mulch and water in well. Note – do not use this fill in extremely clay or sandy soils. Create a mound, spend time adjusting your soil, or use a pot. See more information about this in the growing guides in our Plant Care tab.

Potting – Use a pot at least 50cms wide and deep. Use high quality premium potting mix, you may add perlite or pine bark to add structure. Mulch and water in well.

Staking – Staking may not be necessary but where utilised, use two stakes with soft, loose ties around the tree. Ensure the tree can still ‘wiggle’ in the wind to develop strong anchorage on its own. Remove the stakes when the trunk is thicker than the stake used, or in year 2.

Watering – Use the 1,2,3,4 method to establish. Water once a day for a week, then every two days for two weeks, then every three days for three weeks, and so on. Always adjust to your local weather and increase watering in hot and windy weather, decrease in cold or rainy weather.

Fertilising – Use a balanced fertiliser blend with added potassium. The main fertilising period is Spring and Autumn. To give you a general guide, PlantNet® has created a great guide for fertilising deciduous fruit trees in pots from trial work completed by PlantNet® over a 3 year period.

Pruning – Prune bareroot or dormant trees in winter back by 1/3 at time of planting. Prune at the end of winter every following year. See the growing guide linked below for more information.

Pest & Disease Control – Spray with an organic Bordeaux spray at the start of winter, and twice just before bud swell at the end of winter. This controls many diseases and overwintering pests. Many insect pests can be controlled with netting once flowers have formed fruit.

For further information view our  Common Fruit Tree Pests and Diseases article. For further information, visit our Plant Care page to view all of our growing guides, fertiliser trials, and seasonal tips!