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Fiesta apple trees

Fiesta is a relatively new English apple, developed in Kent in the 1970s but with a very traditional English style and flavour. Cox's Orange Pippin is one of its parents, and it has inherited the classic Cox aromatic sweet/sharp flavour. Visually it also looks the part, with the attractive orange flush so typical of traditional English apples.

Fiesta is one of the best apples for juicing. It produces copious amounts of juice, with a very good rich sweet / sharp flavour.

It can also be used as a substitute for Cox's Orange Pippin in apple cookery - slices keep their shape when cooked.

Unlike Cox's Orange Pippin, Fiesta also stores very well and remains firm and sweet - a quality it probably inherits from its other parent, an American variety called Idared.

Fiesta is grown commercially on a small-scale in the UK and France, sometimes marketed as Red Pippin. It is easy to grow and a reliable cropper, making it an excellent choice for the garden or small orchard.

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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 11.5L pot-grown tree M27 rootstock £42.00
    Very small tree (< 1.7m after 10 years)
  • PG2Premium cordon 12L pot-grown tree M9 rootstock £43.50
    Small tree (1.5m-2.5m after 10 years)
  • PG32-year bush-trained 12L pot-grown tree M26 rootstock £39.50
    Medium tree (2m-3m after 10 years)
  • PG42-year bush-trained 12L pot-grown tree MM106 rootstock £39.50
    Large tree (3m-4m after 10 years)
  • PG5Espalier 12L pot-grown tree MM106 rootstock £59.50
    Large tree (3m-4m after 10 years)
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  • PG6Fan-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)
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How to grow

Fiesta is easy to grow and is an excellent substitute for Cox, inheriting much of the rich aromatic flavour - but few of the horticultural difficulties.

Fiesta has better than average tolerance to poor soils including chalky soils.

Advice on fruit tree pollination.

History

Developed in the 1970s at the East Malling Research Station in Kent, UK. Fiesta is a cross between Cox's Orange Pippin and Idared. It is sometimes known as 'Red Pippin'.

Fiesta characteristics

Using

  • CroppingHeavy
  • Picking seasonLate
  • Keeping (of fruit)3 months or more
  • Fruit persistenceNormal ripening
  • Flavour qualityGood
  • WildlifeRHS perfect for pollinators
  • Flavour style (apples)Aromatic
  • Food usesEating freshJuice
  • Discoloration of fruitOxidising

Growing

  • Gardening skillBeginner
  • Self-fertilityPartially self-fertile
  • Flowering group3
  • Pollinating othersAverage
  • PloidyDiploid
  • VigourAverage vigour
  • Bearing regularityRegular
  • Fruit bearingSpur-bearer
  • Organic cultureSuitable

Problems

  • Disease resistanceAverage
  • CankerSome susceptibility
  • MildewSome resistance
  • Bitter pitSome susceptibility

Climate

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

Identification

  • Country of originUnited Kingdom
  • Period of origin1950 - 1999
  • Flower colourPink - light
  • Leaf colourGreen
  • Fruit colourOrange flush
  • AwardsRHS Award of Garden Merit