Malus domestica 'Bramleys Seedling'


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Plant type


Flower colour



Flowers, Fruit



Skill level


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Plant details

Cooking apples tolerate heavier, wetter soils than dessert varieties, and are well worth growing for winter use from store. Varieties are grafted on rootstocks which affect the size and vigour of the tree, and may be trained in a number of different shapes. Pruning depends on the tree form and vigour of the rootstock, and should be checked in a handbook. 'Bramley's Seedling' is a hardy vigorous tree that is triploid, meaning that it needs two other varieties for good pollination. It is also a partial tip-bearer, which should be taken into account when pruning. Sometimes it crops more heavily in alternate years, which is referred to as biennial. The Royal Horticultural Society has given it its prestigious Award of Garden Merit (AGM).

Family: Rosaceae

Genus: Malus

Species: domestica

Cultivar: Bramleys Seedling

Plant type: Fruit

Flower colour: White

Foliage colour: Mid-green

Feature: Flowers, Fruit

Sun exposure: Full sun

Soil: Well-drained/light, Clay/heavy, Acidic, Chalky/alkaline

Hardiness: Hardy

Skill level: Experienced

Height: 600cm

Spread: 600cm

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I would like to know the correct way to prune this tree as hubby and I have an arguement every year over this.

It bears fab apples, must be quite old but we have only had this garden for 4 years

He prunes hard back, sometimes to the main branch and I get so upset.

Your advice would be brilliant


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