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Saturn apple trees

Saturn

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.

Saturn 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 M26 rootstock £19.95
    Medium tree (2m-3m after 10 years)
  • BR21-year bare-root tree MM106 rootstock £19.95
    Large tree (3m-4m after 10 years)

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

Using

  • CroppingHeavy
  • Picking seasonMid
  • Keeping (of fruit)2-3 weeks
  • Flavour qualityVery good
  • WildlifeRHS perfect for pollinators
  • Flavour style (apples)Sweeter
  • Food usesEating freshJuice

Growing

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

Problems

  • Disease resistanceGood
  • MildewSome resistance
  • ScabVery resistant

Climate

  • Climate suitabilityTemperate climatesMild damp climatesWarm climates
  • Summer average maximum temperaturesCool ( 20-24C / 68-75F)

Identification

  • Country of originUnited Kingdom
  • Period of origin1950 - 1999
  • Flower colourPink - light
  • Leaf colourGreen
  • Fruit colourRed