Among my favourite apples of Irish origin are Irish Peach, Kerry Pippin (both ready early), Ard Cairn Russet, Kilkenny Pearmain, Eight Square, Reid’s Seedling.
What kind of apples grow in Ireland?
Irish Heritage Apples
- Ardcairn Russet.
- Irish Peach.
- Lady Fingers of Offaly.
- Kilkenny Pearmain.
- Kerry Pippin.
Which fruit trees grow best in Ireland?
Whilst many people will immediately think of apples, an orchard is, in fact, any planted area of fruit and nut trees – varieties of pear, plum, cherry, walnuts and almonds being the most popular.
Do apple trees grow in Ireland?
Apples have been grown in Ireland for at least 3000 years. … The South-East is known for its cider apples, notably counties Tipperary, Kilkenny, Waterford, while eating apples are mostly grown in the south-eastern counties (Waterford, Kilkenny, Tipperary, Carlow) and Co Dublin.
Which is the easiest apple tree to grow?
‘Egremont Russet’ AGM
Egremont Russet is probably the best and easiest to grow russet dessert apple, and develop a distinct nutty flavour when ripe.
Do Granny Smith apples grow in Ireland?
Choice of Variety
The ideal site is good enough to grow good quality tasty apples of almost any variety. There are some varieties that will not successfully ripen in Ireland due to insufficient sunlight hours, the most notable of which is Granny Smith, which ripens successfully in Australia, but not in Ireland.
What fruit is native to Ireland?
Bilberries, known as fraochán in Irish, were traditionally picked on the festival of Lúghnasa in August. blackberries and other wild fruit were also picked and consumed. Pepper has been known in Ireland since early Christian times, being an import from the Roman empire.
What fruit tree is easiest to grow?
Cherries are one of the easiest fruit trees to grow and care for. They require minimal to no pruning and are rarely plagued by pests or diseases. Sweet cherries need two trees for cross-pollination unless you plant a tree with two different varieties grafted on it.
How late can you plant apple trees?
While late fall and early spring are the best times to plant, they are not the best times to order apple trees. Fruit trees are produced on an annual cycle and harvested in late fall. This means the best time to order is over the summer, even if you won’t be planting the trees until the following spring.
How far apart should you plant apple trees?
The spacing depends on the type of tree: a row of full-size trees should be planted 15 to 18 feet apart; dwarf varieties can be closer, 6 to 8 feet apart in a row.
How long does it take an apple tree to produce fruit?
Apple trees need at least 8 hours of sun per day during the growing season. Two varieties are required for successful pollination; one can be a crabapple. Dwarf apple trees will start bearing fruit 2 to 3 years after planting. Standard size trees can take up to 8 years to bear fruit.
Are apples indigenous to Ireland?
There are so many myths, legends, stories and traditions associated with the apple but the only apple native to Ireland and the British Isles is the crab apple. The common apple we know now was most likely introduced to this area of the world by the Romans.
Do you need 2 apple trees to produce fruit?
Pollination and fertilization are necessary for fruit development. … Plant at least two different apple tree varieties within 50 feet of one another for good fruit set. Some apple varieties, such as Golden Delicious, will produce a crop without cross-pollination from a second variety.
What is the best apple tree for a small garden?
If size is an issue, consider a dwarf-bush, spindlebush, pyramid, cordon or stepover. These all can be grown in a small space, or even in a pot. Alternatively, train apples as espaliers or fans. You can also buy ‘family’ trees.