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James Grieve Apple Tree | Dwarfing Rootstocks

Probably the best dual purpose variety of apple

The Highlights

    • Great eaten fresh but cooks well too - holds its shape nicely
    • In early September you harvest sharp apples, you may prefer to cook these, but they sweeten later in the month and the flesh becomes softer, perfect for eating
    • Extremely reliable and a heavy cropper, earning the RHS award of garden merit.
    • Partially self-fertile - Pollination Group 3 Does not require pollination by another apple but will produce better crops if one is nearby. They need to flower at the same time. Apples in the same pollination group, or one on either side, can pollinate each other. In built-up areas it is unlikely that there won't be a suitable pollination partner within a mileMORE
    • Cordon trained Max size H2m x W1m (Perfect for growing in a pot, on a patio or in a smaller garden)
    • M26 Rootstock - Max size H3m x W3m
    • MM106 Rootstock - Max size H4m x W4m Rootstocks restrict the size of a tree to make it more suited for an average gardenMORE
    • Our potted trees are supplied in EcoPots™. Eco pots use 70% less plastic and are fully recyclable, unlike normal single-use pots. They flex and so produce less root spiralling and travel better in the post.MORE
    • Our trees are usually between 18 and 36 months old at the time of dispatch.
    • Our trees are professionally pruned before dispatching. This formative pruning can involve cutting the main leader if the expert tree growers decide this will produce a better-shaped tree. This can stop the tree from becoming "leggy", and promote stronger, bushier growth.MORE

James Grieve Apple Tree | Dwarfing Rootstocks

Probably the best dual purpose variety of apple
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The Highlights

    • Great eaten fresh but cooks well too - holds its shape nicely
    • In early September you harvest sharp apples, you may prefer to cook these, but they sweeten later in the month and the flesh becomes softer, perfect for eating
    • Extremely reliable and a heavy cropper, earning the RHS award of garden merit.
    • Partially self-fertile - Pollination Group 3 Does not require pollination by another apple but will produce better crops if one is nearby. They need to flower at the same time. Apples in the same pollination group, or one on either side, can pollinate each other. In built-up areas it is unlikely that there won't be a suitable pollination partner within a mileMORE
    • Cordon trained Max size H2m x W1m (Perfect for growing in a pot, on a patio or in a smaller garden)
    • M26 Rootstock - Max size H3m x W3m
    • MM106 Rootstock - Max size H4m x W4m Rootstocks restrict the size of a tree to make it more suited for an average gardenMORE
    • Our potted trees are supplied in EcoPots™. Eco pots use 70% less plastic and are fully recyclable, unlike normal single-use pots. They flex and so produce less root spiralling and travel better in the post.MORE
    • Our trees are usually between 18 and 36 months old at the time of dispatch.
    • Our trees are professionally pruned before dispatching. This formative pruning can involve cutting the main leader if the expert tree growers decide this will produce a better-shaped tree. This can stop the tree from becoming "leggy", and promote stronger, bushier growth.MORE

Know Your Plant

Supplied as:

8L Eco Pot
This tree is supplied in a 8L Eco-Pot, which is approx W15 x H30cm. Eco Pots use 70% less plastic then traditional pots and can be recycled easily. A 8L pot allows ample space for good root development and can support a good size tree.
9L Eco Pot
This tree is supplied in a 9L Eco Pot, which is approx W15 x H30cm. Eco Pots use 70% less plastic then traditional pots and can be recycled easily. A 9L pot allows ample space for good root development and can support a good size tree.
Bare Root
Our bare root trees are lifted fresh from the field, wrapped in a moisture retentive covering and packed straight away. You can be sure they will be fresh when they arrive. In winter, you can store for several weeks if kept in a cool, dark spot. Later in spring, when the temperature rises, you will want to plant within a few days of arrival.
9L Eco Pot
This tree is supplied in a 9L Eco Pot, which is approx W15 x H30cm. Eco Pots use 70% less plastic then traditional pots and can be recycled easily. A 9L pot allows ample space for good root development and can support a good size tree.
Bare Root
Our bare root trees are lifted fresh from the field, wrapped in a moisture retentive covering and packed straight away. You can be sure they will be fresh when they arrive. In winter, you can store for several weeks if kept in a cool, dark spot. Later in spring, when the temperature rises, you will want to plant within a few days of arrival.

Height on arrival:

120-150cm inc. pot
120-150cm inc. pot
120-150cm inc. roots
120-150cm inc. pot
120-150cm inc. roots

Eventual height:

2m
3m
3m
4m
4m

Eventual spread:

1m
This variety is available on dwarfing rootstocks, the eventual spread of this tree will be between 3 and 4 metersMORE

Tasting notes:

Starts of sharp, mellows to a sweeter, softer apple renowned for juiciness

Time to first crop:

1 year
You may see your first apples the first year after planting, but don't expect substantial crops until the 3/4th year. Some advise thinning the fruit in the first few years so that the tree can concentrate its energy on establishing strong roots and growing.
1 year
You may see your first apples the first year after planting, but don't expect substantial crops until the 3/4th year. Some advise thinning the fruit in the first few years so that the tree can concentrate its energy on establishing strong roots and growing.
1 year
You may see your first apples the first year after planting, but don't expect substantial crops until the 3/4th year. Some advise thinning the fruit in the first few years so that the tree can concentrate its energy on establishing strong roots and growing.
1 year
You may see your first apples the first year after planting, but don't expect substantial crops until the 3/4th year. Some advise thinning the fruit in the first few years so that the tree can concentrate its energy on establishing strong roots and growing.
1 year
You may see your first apples the first year after planting, but don't expect substantial crops until the 3/4th year. Some advise thinning the fruit in the first few years so that the tree can concentrate its energy on establishing strong roots and growing.

Flower colour:

Pink

Habit:

Bushy

Hardiness:

Fully Hardy
Doesn't require any protection from frost

Self fertile:

Not self fertile
Requires a pollination partner to produce fruit. In most built up areas, it is unlikely there will not be a suitable tree close enough to pollinate, but in rural areas you should consider making sure there is another tree in the same pollination group within a mile.

Uses:

Eating and juices

Rootstock:

Cordon
Our cordon apple trees are grown on dwarfing rootstock and then trained to grow in a cordon shape. This is done by carrying out formative pruning when the tree is young to make the tree send out loads of small side branches. The result, a super compact, yet productive tree which you can grow in the smallest of spaces.
M26 Dwarfing
Apple tree varieties are usually grown by grafting them to rootstocks. This has benefits for pest resistance, genetics and the efficiency of propagation. Importantly, it also limits the height of a tree to a more manageable, specific height. M26 apple trees tend to only reach 3m tall, perfect for smaller spaces or those afraid of stepladders.
M26 Dwarfing
Apple tree varieties are usually grown by grafting them to rootstocks. This has benefits for pest resistance, genetics and the efficiency of propagation. Importantly, it also limits the height of a tree to a more manageable, specific height. M26 apple trees tend to only reach 3m tall, perfect for smaller spaces or those afraid of stepladders.
MM106 Semi-Dwarfing
Apple tree varieties are usually grown by grafting them to rootstocks. This has benefits for pest resistance, genetics and the efficiency of propagation. Importantly, it also limits the height of a tree to a more manageable, specific height. MM106 apple trees tend to reach 4m tall, ideal if you have space and would like plenty of apples!
MM106 Semi-Dwarfing
Apple tree varieties are usually grown by grafting them to rootstocks. This has benefits for pest resistance, genetics and the efficiency of propagation. Importantly, it also limits the height of a tree to a more manageable, specific height. MM106 apple trees tend to reach 4m tall, ideal if you have space and would like plenty of apples!

Spacing:

Care Guide

Water in well when planting - read on for ongoing care

Water in thoroughly when planting. For bare root trees

Full Sun

Will also tolerate partial shade

Clay

Loam

No need to feed

Don't worry

Prune regularly

Some pruning should be done each winter to ensure that your apple tree maintains a productive shape. This can improve yields and prevent disease. Read about pruning in more detail in our knowledge articles.MORE

For more care tips and ideas visit our Knowledge page

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