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Stoke Red cider apple trees

Malus domestica
Stoke Red
Stoke Red is listed in the RHS Plants for Pollinators

Stoke Red is widely considered one of the highest quality English cider apple varieties. It adds a classic bittersharp component to cider blends, and can also be used to make a single-varietal cider.

Stoke Red cider apple trees for sale

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How to grow

Stoke Red has generally good disease resistance and is fairly easy to grow. The main issue is that it blooms very late. This is useful in northern areas where late frosts can be a problem, but make sure you have a suitable pollinator variety.

Stoke Red can also lapse into biennial bearing, in other words bearing a crop only every other year. This can be avoided by ensuring that the fruitlets are thinned in early June to prevent over-cropping, which is often the trigger for a poor crop the following year.

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History

Stoke Red was found in the village of Rodney Stoke, in Somerset in the early 20th century.

Stoke Red characteristics

Growing

  • Gardening skillAverage
  • Self-fertilityNot self-fertile
  • Flowering group6
  • Pollinating othersAverage
  • Fruit bearingSpur-bearer
  • Climate suitabilityTemperate climatesMild damp climates
  • WildlifeRHS Plants for Pollinators

Using

  • Picking monthOctober
  • Picking seasonVery late
  • CroppingHeavy
  • Keeping (of fruit)2-3 weeks
  • Food usesHard cider
  • Juice styleBittersharp (cider)

Problems

  • Disease resistanceAverage
  • ScabVery resistant

Identification

  • Country of originUnited Kingdom
  • Period of origin1900 - 1949
  • Fruit colourOrange / Red