A blushing red and yellow beauty of an apple, with a fine flavour and crunchy flesh, the Fiesta is one of the best offspring of the famous Cox's Orange Pippin and, unlike its parent, is easy to grow. Basically a sweet tasting apple, Fiesta has preserved some of the subtle blend of flavours that make Cox so great, though it can't really be called a substitute. They juice well and are good for storage - after picking in late September, Fiesta Apples last into the new year without too much loss of flavour.
Fiesta Apple Trees: History and Parentage
Fiesta is one of the East Malling Research Station's great creations, raised by the distinguished Dr Frank Alston in 1972. The other parent is Idared, which has some similarities to Cox in terms of flavour and stores well - both qualities have been passed on to Fiesta. Recently, there has been a drive to rename it Red Pippin.
Apple Tree Pollination Guide for Fiesta
Being partially self-fertile, you can get away with not having a pollination partner, though your crop size will suffer a bit. Fiesta is a mid-late season flowerer and can cross pollinate with any tree in the mid or late season categories.
Rootstocks and Cultivation Notes
Our Fiesta Apple trees are grown on MM106 rootstocks, with the exception of the cordons (M9) which is an ideal combination for both restricted forms and a good sized garden tree about 4 metres high. Fiesta apple trees are quite compact and are one of the best apples for growing as cordons and other wire trained forms. They are very hardy and we recommend them if late frosts are an issue in your area. Though they are not very vigorous, they become heavy croppers in time with an even harvest from year to year.
Delivery: The basic delivery charge for orders of bareroot plants is £9.49 + vat, which increases to £12.55 + vat if you add any pot-grown plants, standard trees or fruit trees to the order. Because couriers sometimes experience delays, we schedule delivery by week, not by day. Therefore, please plan your planting day for the weekend at the end of the delivery week or for the week following delivery, at the earliest. You can choose the delivery week that suits you during checkout and we will email you the day before your plants are due to arrive.
Payment: We do not charge your card until we begin to prepare your order for packing.
Guarantee: If any plants die within a year, we will replace them. We only ask that you follow our planting & growing instructions and sent us clear photographs of the dead plants in situ, so we can help to make sure that the replacement plants succeed. You only pay for the delivery of the replacements.
Please note that our guarantee is void if there is a hosepipe ban in your area: your newly planted hedging must be watered in dry weather while it is establishing. The best way to water is very thoroughly every few days: at least once a week if there is no heavy rain.
Our nursery has been supplying container grown and bareroot hedging plants to gardeners, farmers and town planners since 1949. Our website started in 2003, so we do understand the concerns that you may have about buying hedging plants online. If any of your plants are damaged when they arrive or if you are otherwise not satisfied with your order after you inspect it, please repackage it and contact us. We will give you a refund or send replacements and send a courier to come and collect the unwanted plants.