I just wanted to let you know my plants have arrived today as promised. I have unpacked them and they are wonderful, I am so pleased with them. They are much bigger than I expected and in tip-top condition. Thank you so much. I also think they are really excellent value for money – I buy most of my plants on-line (living in Cornwall the choices are a bit limited) and I had looked for Hydrangea seemannii at my usual on-line supplier but they were so expensive I was a bit put off. Ten pounds per plant more (!) Then I searched around and found you – your plants were considerably cheaper and larger so I was a bit worried they might fall short of the mark. But… absolutely no worries on that front. In fact I bought two seemannii from the other supplier earlier this year (I think they are a very ‘useful’ plant, particularly for someone who lives in a walled garden) so can do a direct comparison. Interestingly, they are smaller than yours now even though they have been in the ground and well cared for, for more than six summer months. Many thanks, excellent service and terrific plants – I will be back..!Debbie Frost
Sweet Alford Apple Trees
Sweet Alford Cider Apple
Sweet Alford apple trees are commonly used in large cider orchards and it is easy to see why. The medium sized fruit are pale yellow or gold with a rosy blush and waxy skin texture. The sweet white flesh is low in pectin; perfect for squeezing juice. The juice has a mild bittersweet flavour and is classed as vintage, which means that it makes great cider without the need for mixing with other varieties. Sweet Alford trees have a spreading habit and a good rate of growth. They are also tip-bearers, which is good news for those of you who would rather not have to do much pruning. Although the crop size is only considered average, its clearly good enough for cider farmers to make a living. You can get picking in late October.
Pollination Partners for Sweet Alford
Crab apples like the Golden Hornet or John Downie are guaranteed to pollinate an orchard of mixed apple Trees. Sweet Alford flowers in the mid-season and is therefore a match for any of the fertile Trees- in the Apple Tree Pollination list. Apple Trees listed in Groups C-E are suitable pollinators.
Sweet Alford Rootstocks
This variety is grown on the traditional M25 rootstocks that produce full standard apple trees of 5 metres + in height.
Because Sweet Alford is a tip-bearing tree, it is not recommended if you plan on training your tree into other shapes.
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