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Rajka apple trees

Rajka is a modern apple variety, developed specifically to be resistant to the main apple diseases, and hence a good choice for the gardener or home orchardist who prefers an organic or un-treated regime. We were one of the first to introduce this variety to the UK.

The apples are a deep-red colored over a golden yellow background when ripe. The flesh is a creamy-yellow color and is open-textured, fairly crisp but not too hard, and snaps cleanly when you bite into it. The flavor is sweet, but with good acidity.

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Rajka apple trees for sale

Bare-root

  • BR11-year bare-root tree M116 rootstock £24.50
    Medium tree (2m-3m after 10 years)
Pre-ordering

You can pre-order now for delivery from late August / early September 2021 for pot grown trees (or late November / early December for bare-root). You do not need to pay at this stage - just add items to the basket and checkout as usual.

How to grow

Rajka makes an excellent garden apple variety, and the built-in disease-resistance makes it a good variety if you prefer to grow apples without spraying.

Rajka is easy to grow, and crops reliably. The fruit will hang on the tree for an extended period, which means you can pick as and when you need to.

Rajka prefers a sunny position in order to get the best flavour.

Advice on fruit tree pollination.

History

Rajka was developed in the Czech Republic in the 1990s, the result of a complex breeding programme which incorporated disease resistant characteristics from a number of different varieties. Rajka is distantly related to Lord Lambourne (and hence James Grieve), and the flavour is somewhat similar.

Rajka characteristics

Growing

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

Using

  • Picking seasonMid
  • CroppingGood
  • Keeping (of fruit)2-3 weeks
  • Food usesEating freshJuice
  • Flavour style (apples)Sweet/Sharp

Problems

  • Disease resistanceGood
  • ScabVery resistant
  • MildewSome resistance

Climate

    Identification

    • Country of originCzech Republic
    • Period of origin1950 - 1999
    • Fruit colourRed