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Howgate Wonder apple trees

Howgate Wonder
  • Picking season: Late
  • Self-fertility: Partially self-fertile
  • Flowering group: 3

Howgate Wonder is a traditional very large English cooking apple, which has been popular amongst gardeners since its introduction at the start of the 20th century. It is easy to grow, and produces good crops of large sharp-flavoured cooking apples.

The flavour has plenty of tangy acidity, but it is not quite as sharp as a Bramley. When cooked it produces an attractive lumpy puree, and it can also be used for juicing. If you like an acidic apple Howgate Wonder can also be eaten fresh.

Howgate Wonder apples can be stored in a cold shed and will keep until the following spring.

 

 

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Pot-grown

All pot-grown trees are suitable for planting out in the garden, some are suitable for growing in containers.

  • PG12-year bush-trained 12L pot-grown tree M26 rootstock £39.50
    Medium tree (2m-3m after 10 years)
  • PG22-year bush-trained 12L pot-grown tree MM106 rootstock £39.50
    Large tree (3m-4m after 10 years)

Bare-root

  • BR12-year bush-trained bare-root tree M9 rootstock £29.95
    Small tree (1.5m-2.5m after 10 years)
  • BR21-year bare-root tree M26 rootstock £19.95
    Medium tree (2m-3m after 10 years)
  • BR31-year bare-root tree MM106 rootstock £19.95
    Large tree (3m-4m after 10 years)

How to grow

One of the key attributes of a good cooker is that it should produce plenty of large apples, and Howgate Wonder is a naturally vigorous variety that grows into a fairly large tree - choose a smaller rootstock if space is an issue.

Howgate Wonder is easy to grow and fairly disease resistant. It is also a tough tree and tolerates difficult or exposed situations fairly well.

Unlike a Bramley, Howgate Wonder produces viable pollen which will cross-pollinate other nearby apple trees flowering at the same time. It is also partially self-fertile, and in most areas will produce a reasonable crop of apples even if there are no other apple trees nearby.

Advice on fruit tree pollination.

History

Howgate Wonder is a cross between two traditional English cookers, Blenheim Orange and Newton Wonder - both large apples in their own right.

Howgate Wonder characteristics

Using

  • CroppingHeavy
  • Picking seasonLate
  • Keeping (of fruit)3 months or more
  • Fruit persistenceNormal ripening
  • Flavour qualityAverage
  • WildlifeRHS perfect for pollinators
  • Flavour style (apples)Sharper
  • Food usesCulinaryJuiceTraditional cooker
  • Cooking resultTextured puree
  • Discoloration of fruitOxidising

Growing

  • Gardening skillAverage
  • Self-fertilityPartially self-fertile
  • Flowering group3
  • VigourVigorous
  • Fruit bearingSpur-bearer
  • Organic cultureSuitable

Problems

  • Disease resistanceGood
  • Bitter pitVery resistant

Climate

  • Climate suitabilityTemperate climates
  • Summer average maximum temperaturesCool ( 20-24C / 68-75F)Cold (< 20C / 67F)

Identification

  • Country of originUnited Kingdom
  • Period of origin1900 - 1949
  • Leaf colourGreen