Pinkabelle® Apple

$45.00 inc. GST

Requires a pollinator

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Variety Pink Belle™ PLFOG99 cv PBR

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The Pinkabelle® Apple variety is a compact, spur bearing dwarf Cripps Pink and has full sized fruit. This is a true dwarf variety as the tree itself is dwarfing (as opposed to the variety being grafted onto a dwarfing rootstock). Originating from an orchard in Western Australia, this exciting variety offers qualities that make it extremely easy for beginner gardeners to look after. Minimal pruning is required to maintain its compact shape and excellent fruit. The pink lady fruits develop their rich pink colour close to harvest time in late April/May.

Pinkabelle® Apple requires a pollinator (another variety which flowers at the same time), we suggest Leprechaun™, Monty’s Surprise®, Super Dwarf Golden Delicious, Super Dwarf Red Delicious, Super Dwarf Fuji and Super Dwarf GalaPairing Pinkabelle® with Leprechaun™ gives you two low maintenance, compact apple trees, fruiting at different times, offering two different flavours. It’s the perfect pair!

Uses
Pinkabelle can be used in all sized gardens and is suited to pots, tubs and can be used as a small screen or hedge, a specimen shrub/tree or a feature plant for the courtyard, deck or balcony.
Tree height
2.0m
Tree width
1.0m
Skin colour
Bright pink
Flesh
Cream with a fine, crisp texture
Fruit shape
Round
Fruit size
Medium to large
Flavour
Sweet
Harvest time
Late April to late May
Fruit uses
Eating fresh, stewing, apple cider, cooking and dried apple
Comments
Prolific bearer

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!