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Scotch Bridget apple trees

Scotch Bridget is a popular Scottish cooking apple, and also found in gardens in Cumbria and south-west England.

Its popularity is partly down to its good cooking qualities, and partly its ability to thrive in the mild but wet conditions encountered in the north west of England and Scotland. It can also be eaten fresh - if you like a sharper apple.

The apples are juicy and moderately acidic, and will keep for several months. When cooked they retain most of their shape.

Scotch Bridget apple trees for sale

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 MM106 rootstock £39.50
    Large tree (3m-4m after 10 years)

Bare-root

  • BR11-year bare-root tree MM106 rootstock £19.95
    Large tree (3m-4m after 10 years)
  • BR21-year bare-root tree M25 rootstock £19.95
    Very large tree (4m-7m after 10 years)

How to grow

Scotch Bridget is a good choice for anyone wanting to grow apples in a damp wet climate It also ripens a bit later than other varieties usually found in the north-west.

Advice on fruit tree pollination.

History

Scotland, 19th century.

Scotch Bridget characteristics

Using

  • CroppingGood
  • Picking seasonLate
  • Keeping (of fruit)1-2 months
  • Fruit persistenceNormal ripening
  • Flavour qualityGood
  • WildlifeRHS perfect for pollinators
  • Flavour style (apples)Sharper
  • Food usesCulinaryTraditional cooker
  • Discoloration of fruitOxidising

Growing

  • Gardening skillBeginner
  • Self-fertilityNot self-fertile
  • Flowering group3
  • Pollinating othersPoor
  • PloidyTriploid
  • VigourAverage vigour
  • Bearing regularityRegular
  • Fruit bearingSpur-bearer

Problems

    Climate

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

    Identification

    • Country of originUnited Kingdom
    • Period of origin1850 - 1899
    • Flower colourPink - light
    • Leaf colourGreen