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Saturn apple trees

Saturn
Saturn is listed in the RHS Plants for Pollinators
  • Picking season: Mid
  • Self-fertility: Partially self-fertile
  • Flowering group: 3
An attractive modern English apple, crisp flesh and an excellent flavour.
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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 MM106 rootstock £56.50
    Large tree (3m-5m after 10 years)

Bare-root

  • BR11-year bare-root tree M26 rootstock £34.95
    Medium tree (2m-3m after 10 years)
  • BR21-year bare-root tree MM106 rootstock £34.95
    Large tree (3m-5m after 10 years)
Pre-ordering

You can pre-order now, deliveries start in September.

Delivery charges

Delivery for a single tree starts at £9.95. It is calculated when you add trees to your basket, based on your postcode.

Saturn is a good new English apple, developed by the famous East Malling Research Station and released 1997. It has all the best qualities of a modern apple - an attractive sweet/ flavour with a tangy edge to it, clean appearance, and crisp flesh.

The main parentage is Golden Delicious - not a popular variety in the UK, but it is the attractive crisp textured flesh that is inherited by Saturn, not the rather bland sweet flavour. Instead Saturn seems to gets its balanced sprightly flavour from Jonathan, a well-regarded 19th century American apple with an altogether more interesting and complex flavour.

It is also disease-resistant and heavy-cropping.

How to grow

Saturn is typical of modern apple varieties in that it has a complex parentage which includes natural disease resistance (often found in crab-apples). As a result it is a good choice for gardeners who want to grow apples without spraying.

Some authorities state that Saturn is self-fertile, but this is not documented by the developers of this variety. We think it is best to assume that it requires a pollination partner to ensure it sets a good crop. Overall it is an excellent variety for the garden or community orchard.

Advice on fruit tree pollination.

History

Developed at East Malling, Kent. Introduced in 1997.

Saturn characteristics

Growing

  • Gardening skillBeginner
  • Self-fertilityPartially self-fertile
  • Flowering group3
  • Pollinating othersAverage
  • Climate suitabilityTemperate climatesMild damp climatesWarm climates

Using

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

Problems

  • Disease resistanceGood

Identification

  • Country of originUnited Kingdom
  • Period of origin1950 - 1999
  • Blossom colourPink - light
  • Fruit colourRed

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