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Katy apple trees

Katy is one of the best early season apple varieties. It is very reliable, producing large quantities of attractive red apples, regardless of the weather or the horticultural ability of the owner.

The spring blossom is particularly attractive, and quite long-lasting, making it an excellent pollinator for many other apple varieties. Indeed, Katy rivals many crab-apples for the exuberance of its blossom.

The apples are medium-sized, usually pink/red to bright red in colour over a light green yellow background. The flesh is a pale cream colour, and has a firm and fairly crisp consistency - although not as crisp as later season apple varieties. Like most early apples, the flavour is on the sharper side, with a hint of strawberry in a good year. It is usually very juicy, and when fresh from the tree the juice goes everywhere as you bite into it.

Katy is a very versatile apple. If you get too many to eat (which is the usual situation with Katy), then it is an excellent variety for juicing. Although considered a dessert apple, it has plenty of acidity and can therefore be used for baking as well, e.g. for apple crumble. The slices will keep their shape but soften considerably.

Unusually for a mainstream eating apple, Katy can also be used for producing a single-varietal cider.

Katy is also a popular apple with children, the size makes it ideal as a healthy school snack, and whilst you might think children would only eat very sweet apples, in tasting tests they seem to like the slight sharpness in Katy.

Whilst it may not have the balanced flavour of some later varieties, Katy is in every other respect an excellent variety, and a particularly good choice if you are new to growing apples.

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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)
  • PG3Espalier 12L pot-grown tree MM106 rootstock £59.50
    Large tree (3m-4m after 10 years)
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  • PG4Fan-trained 12L pot-grown tree MM106 rootstock £59.50
    Large tree (3m-4m after 10 years)
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Bare-root

  • BR1Cordon-trained bare-root tree M9 rootstock £33.95
    Small tree (1.5m-2.5m after 10 years)
  • BR22-year bush-trained bare-root tree M9 rootstock £29.95
    Small tree (1.5m-2.5m after 10 years)
  • BR31-year bare-root tree M26 rootstock £19.95
    Medium tree (2m-3m after 10 years)
  • BR42-year bush-trained bare-root tree M26 rootstock £29.95
    Medium tree (2m-3m after 10 years)
  • BR51-year bare-root tree MM106 rootstock £19.95
    Large tree (3m-4m after 10 years)
  • BR62-year bush-trained bare-root tree MM106 rootstock £29.95
    Large tree (3m-4m after 10 years)
  • BR72-year half-standard bare-root tree MM106 rootstock £34.95
    Large tree (3m-4m after 10 years)

How to grow

Katy is one of the easiest apples to grow yourself. The tree is neat and attractive and makes a nice garden feature. It grows well on dwarf rootstocks and remains productive even if you forget to prune it. It seems to shrug off the usual apple diseases without problem, and is thus a good choice if you do not want to use chemical sprays in the garden.

Katy is a heavy-cropper and benefits from thinning of the fruitlets in early June - this will improve the size of the remaining apples. However apart from this, Katy generally needs minimal attention from the gardener and is best left to get on with growing and fruiting, which it does perfectly well of its own accord. The one thing to look out for is that once ripe the apples fall fairly easily from the tree, so it is best to start picking as soon as you see some starting to fall - this is not a variety where you can leave the apples on the tree.

Katy is very well-suited to cool temperate climates, and crops reliably regardless of a good or indifferent summer. It is one of the best varieties to consider if you want to grow apples in a cold/wet situation, yet does well in warmer climates as well.

Katy is a good pollinator of other apple varieties, as it produces a large quantity of long-lasting blossom - a characteristic it inherits from one of its parents, James Grieve.

All in all, an excellent variety to try if you are new to growing apple trees.

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History

Katy originates from Sweden, where it is known as Katya. However its pedigree is all British - it is a cross between the well-known Scottish James Grieve and the classic early-season English Worcester Pearmain.

Katy characteristics

Using

  • CroppingHeavy
  • Picking seasonEarly
  • Keeping (of fruit)1 week
  • Fruit persistenceFruit drops when ripe
  • Flavour qualityAverage
  • WildlifeRHS perfect for pollinators
  • Flavour style (apples)Sharper
  • Food usesEating freshCulinaryJuiceHard cider
  • Discoloration of fruitOxidising
  • Juice styleSharperSweet (cider)

Growing

  • Gardening skillBeginner
  • Self-fertilityNot self-fertile
  • Flowering group3
  • Pollinating othersGood
  • PloidyDiploid
  • VigourVigorous
  • Bearing regularityRegular
  • Fruit bearingSpur-bearer
  • Organic cultureSuitable

Problems

  • Disease resistanceGood

Climate

  • Climate suitabilityTemperate climatesMild damp climates
  • Summer average maximum temperaturesCool ( 20-24C / 68-75F)Warm (25-30C / 76-85F)Cold (< 20C / 67F)
  • Frost resistance of blossomGood resistance

Identification

  • Country of originSweden
  • Period of origin1900 - 1949
  • Flower colourWhite
  • Leaf colourGreen
  • Fruit colourRed