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Tickled Pink apple trees

Tickled Pink is listed in the RHS Plants for Pollinators
A new red-fleshed apple variety, with attractive crimson blossom, also known as Baya® Marisa.

Tickled Pink apple trees for sale

Bare-root

  • BR12-year bush-trained bare-root tree M9 rootstock £32.75
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  • BR31-year bare-root tree M116 rootstock £25.95
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  • BR42-year bare-root tree M116 rootstock £34.95
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  • BR52-year bush-trained bare-root tree MM106 rootstock £33.95
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Next deliveries

Order now for delivery from November for pot grown trees or January onwards for bare-root trees. Mixed pot grown and bare-root trees orders will be sent out from January onwards.

Baya® Marisa

Tickled Pink (Baya® Marisa) is a new dual-purpose apple variety with a remarkable and unusual red flesh. We worked alongside the Frank P. Matthews nursery in the West Midlands to introduce this new variety to the UK in 2011. It is amongst the best of the true red-fleshed apples for eating flavour.

On the tree the apples appear just like any other red apple, but cut one open and the striking red flesh is revealed. The flavour is tart but pleasantly mild, and the flesh is very juicy.

The blossom is a particularly attractive feature of this variety, being a deep solid crimson red - making it an excellent ornamental feature in the spring garden.

As you might expect Tickled Pink is also a useful apple for the kitchen. The slices keep their shape when cooked, and have an attractive pink colouring. The juice is also pink.

Tickled Pink featured in one of the dishes in the dessert finals of the BBC cookery programm 'Great British Menu' (series 14) in May 2019.

How to grow

Tickled Pink has been developed specifically for the commercial grower and amateur gardener and has greatly improved horticultural characteristics over some of the earlier red-fleshed apple varieties, including better scab tolerance.

The main thing to look out for is over-cropping, which can be addressed by thinning the fruitlets in June.

Advice on fruit tree pollination.

History

Germany 2009. This variety is registered under the trademark name Baya® Marisa.

Tickled Pink characteristics

Growing

  • Gardening skillAverage
  • Self-fertilityNot self-fertile
  • Flowering group4
  • Pollinating othersAverage
  • PloidyDiploid
  • Fruit bearingSpur-bearer
  • Climate suitabilityTemperate climates
  • WildlifeRHS Plants for Pollinators

Using

  • Picking seasonLate
  • CroppingGood
  • Keeping (of fruit)2-3 weeks
  • Food usesEating freshCulinaryJuice
  • Flavour style (apples)Sharper
  • Cooking resultKeeps shape

Problems

  • ScabSome resistance

Identification

  • Country of originGermany
  • Period of origin2000
  • Flesh colourPink / Red

Similar varieties

  • Hidden Rose
    Hidden Rose is named for the unexpected pink flesh hidden behind the plain green skin.