Rajka apple trees

  • Pick: Mid-season (early October)
  • Flowering group: 3
  • Uses: Eat fresh | Juicing 
  • Disease-resistance: Good
  • Pollination partners

Rajka is a modern apple variety, developed specifically to be resistant to the main apple diseases, and hence a good choice for the gardener or home orchardist who prefers an organic or un-treated regime. We were one of the first to introduce this variety to the UK.

The fruit is deep-red coloured over a golden yellow background when ripe. The flesh is a creamy-yellow colour and is open-textured, fairly crisp but not too hard, and snaps cleanly when you bite into it. The flavour is sweet, but with good acidity.

Rajka is a useful variety for pressing, the juice is a golden amber colour.

Rajka apple trees for sale

Sorry we have not been able to produce any trees of this variety this season.

We may still be able to propagate it to order for you. Please contact us for more details.

Alternatives to Rajka apple trees

Summary features of Rajka


  • Gardening skill: Suitable for beginners?
  • Cropping: Good
  • Fertility: Not self-fertile?
  • Flowering group: 3?
  • Pollinating others: Average?
  • Ploidy: Diploid?
  • Vigour: Average growth?
  • Bearing regularity: Regular?
  • Fruit bearing: Spur-bearer?
  • Fruit persistence: Ripens over a period?
  • Overall disease resistance: Good?
  • Organic / no-spray culture?
  • Scab: Very resistant?
  • Mildew: Some resistance?


  • Picking season: Mid
    Crop will stay on the tree for a long period?
  • Use / keeping: 2-3 weeks?
  • Flavour quality: Average?
  • Flavour style: Sweet/Sharp
  • Good for eating fresh
  • Good for juice
    Amber coloured juice
  • Drying / Discoloring: Oxidising?


  • Country of origin: Czech Republic
  • Period of origin: 1950 - 1999
  • Fruit colour: Red
  • Blossom colour: Pink - light
  • Leaf colour: Green
  • Popularity: Under-rated?


  • Temperate climates
  • Planting position: Tolerates partial shade

Pollination guide for Rajka

Rajka is in flowering group 3. Rajka is self-sterile and needs to be pollinated by another tree of a different variety nearby. Since it flowers in the middle of the blossom season it can be pollinated by most other apple trees.

How to grow Rajka apple trees

Rajka makes an excellent garden apple variety, easy to grow, and crops reliably, but make sure you give it a sunny position to get the best flavour.

Rajka has excellent disease-resistance and produced good quality fruit without any spraying in the poor summers of 2012 and 2013, when many other varieties succumbed to fungal infections brought on by the damp mild conditions.

A particular feature of Rajka is that the apples will hang on the tree for an extended period, which means you can pick as and when you need to.

Historical details

Rajka was developed at the Institute of Experimental Botany in the Czech Republic in the 1990s. It is the result of a complex breeding programme which incorporated disease resistant characteristics from a number of different varieties, including the crab-apple Malus floribunda as well as mainstream apple varieties with proven scab-resistance. Rajka is distantly related to Lord Lambourne and James Grieve and the flavour is similar.

Botanical name

Malus domestica 'Rajka'

UK-grown trees All our trees are grown in the UK.