Fall 2014 / Spring 2015 seasonWe are now taking provisional orders for fall 2014 shipping (warmer zones only) or spring 2015. 

Alkmene apple trees

  • Pick: Mid-season
  • Flowering group: 2
  • Self-fertile
  • Uses: Eat fresh 
  • Disease-resistance: Good

Alkmene was developed in Germany in the mid-1930s as a cross between Cox's Orange Pippin and Duchess of Oldenburg. The flavor is of good quality, somewhat aromatic, but noticeably more tart and robust than Cox.

It is quite widely grown in England and Europe, where it is regarded as a good alternative to Cox, being easier to grow and more reliable.

Order now for fall 2014 (warm zones) or spring 2015.

Alkmene apple trees for sale

Mature size* Supplied as Price Quantity
Very small  (5ft - 7ft after 5-10 years) 1-year - bare-root - G.65 rootstock  (very dwarf)less than 5 in stock $29.00
Medium  (8ft - 10ft after 5-10 years) 1-year - bare-root - G.202 rootstock  (semi-dwarf) $29.00

Delivery discounts. Prices are for individual trees excluding delivery. There is no minimum quantity but it is cost effective to order in multiples of 4 trees.

Delivery period: Trees are delivered in March and April. However it is best to order as soon as you can to ensure items are reserved for you. If you live in a warm zone (e.g. Southern California, Alabama etc.) Fall delivery is possible. More details on our spring shipping schedule by state.

*Mature size: Height shown is the approximate height of the tree when mature (after 5-10 years), not the height when supplied. Actual mature heights may vary considerably dependent on your local conditions and training and pruning regime - see our Tree Height Calculator.

Stock availability: Items showing as 'sold out' will probably be available again next season. Click here to be notified when we get more trees of this variety.

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Summary features of Alkmene

    Growing

  • Gardening skill: Easy?
  • Cropping: Heavy
  • Fertility: Self-fertile?
  • Flowering group: 2?
  • Pollinating others: Average?
  • Ploidy: Diploid?
  • Vigour: Average growth?
  • Bearing regularity: Regular?
  • Fruit bearing: Spur-bearer?
  • Fruit persistence: Normal ripening?
  • Overall disease resistance: Good?
  • Organic / no-spray culture?
  • Scab: Very resistant?

    Uses

  • Picking season: Mid?
  • Use / keeping: 2-3 weeks?
  • Flavour quality: Good?
  • Flavour style: Aromatic
  • Good for eating fresh
  • Drying / Discoloring: Oxidising?

    Identification

  • Country of origin: Germany
  • Period of origin: 1900 - 1949
  • Fruit colour: Orange / Red
  • Leaf colour: Green

    Climate

  • Frost resistance: Susceptible?
  • Temperate climates
  • USDA Zone 5: Yes
  • USDA Zone 6: Yes
  • USDA Zone 7: Yes
  • Cold hardiness: -20F / -29C?


Pollination guide for Alkmene

Alkmene is in flowering group 2. Alkmene is self-fertile and does not need a pollination partner, although fruiting may be improved if there is a compatible tree of a different variety nearby.

How to grow Alkmene apple trees

Easy to grow, crops heavily, and self-fertile. Alkmene grows in a compact style, making it a good choice for small gardens.

Although Alkmene pre-dates the modern development of disease-resistant apple varieties, it can be considered a disease-resistant variety because it is generally problem free. This is all the more surprising given that both its parents (and especially Cox's Orange Pippin) are noted for their susceptibility to disease.



Historical details

Cox's Orange Pippin x Duchess of Oldenburg, Germany 1930s. A popular garden apple in the UK, where it is sometimes known as Early Windsor.


Botanical name

Malus domestica 'Alkmene'




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