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.
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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.
Advice on fruit tree pollination.
Stoke Red was found in the village of Rodney Stoke, in Somerset in the early 20th century.