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Meridian apple trees

Meridian

Meridian is a good example of the modern English dessert apple, and an excellent choice for the garden. It is unfortunately not that well known, and deserves to be more widely-planted.

Meridian is a cross between Cox's Orange Pippin and Falstaff, and inherits the best qualities of both varieties. Meridian is a notably juicy apple, typical of Falstaff (and other varieties descended from James Grieve).

The flavour is very good, with plenty of sweetness but a good balance of sharp acidity as well - this is a variety that will appeal to most tastes.

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Meridian 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 M116 rootstock £19.95
    Large tree (3m-4m after 10 years)
    Out of stock
  • BR21-year bare-root tree MM106 rootstock £19.95
    Large tree (3m-4m after 10 years)

How to grow

Meridian is easy to grow, crops heavily, and has good disease resistance. It crops reliably in most seasons

Advice on fruit tree pollination.

History

Developed at East Malling Research Station in Kent during the late 20th century as an alternative to Cox's Orange Pippin - which is one of its parents. However in many respects it is closer to its other parent, Falstaff.

Meridian characteristics

Growing

  • Gardening skillBeginner
  • Self-fertilityNot self-fertile
  • Flowering group3
  • Pollinating othersAverage
  • Fruit bearingSpur-bearer
  • Climate suitabilityTemperate climates

Using

  • Picking seasonMid
  • CroppingHeavy
  • Keeping (of fruit)2-3 weeks
  • Food usesEating freshJuice
  • Flavour style (apples)Sharper

Problems

  • Disease resistanceGood
  • ScabSome resistance
  • MildewSome resistance

Climate

    Identification

    • Country of originUnited Kingdom
    • Period of origin2000
    • Fruit colourOrange / Red