Herald™ (Columnar Apple)

$45.00 inc. GST

Requires a pollinator

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Variety Florina x Telamon

 

Herald columnar apple trees are created to grow straight up. Enjoy the benefits of an apple tree that grows in a narrow space yet produces huge fruits! Herald columnar apple has excellent eating quality and is both a bee magnet while flowering and a kid magnet when fruiting!

PlantNet® offers you the most recent columnar apple variety releases in Australia! Plenty of pollinators are available in the PlantNet® exclusive range.

Uses
Ideally suited for growing in pots, tubs and confined spaces and even balcony growing.
Tree height
3.0m
Tree width
0.6m
Skin colour
Solid red skin with defined stripes
Flesh
Cream colour with a fine, crisp texture
Fruit shape
Conical
Fruit size
Large
Flavour
Sweet
Harvest time
February to March
Fruit uses
Eating fresh, stewing, apple cider, cooking and dried apple
Comments
Prolific bearer. Resistant to apple scab and mildew.

Description

Plant care information

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!