Alkmene apple trees

Alkmene
  • Picking season: Mid
  • Uses: Eating fresh
  • Keeping (of fruit): 2-3 weeks
  • Gardening skill: Easy
  • Self-fertility: Self-fertile
  • Pollination group: 2

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.

Alkmene apple trees for sale

Item
Mature height
Price
Quantity
1-year Alkmene apple trees bare-root
Small (6ft-9ft) mature height
$29.00
1-year Alkmene apple trees bare-root
Medium (8ft-12ft) mature height
$29.00

We are between seasons at the moment. You can pre-order trees now for delivery when the new season starts (fall for warmer zones, or next spring), you won't be asked to pay until nearer the time.


How to grow

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.

Alkmene characteristics

Using

  • Picking season: Mid
  • Uses: Eating fresh
  • Cropping: Heavy
  • Keeping (of fruit): 2-3 weeks
  • Flavour quality: Good
  • Flavour style (apples): Aromatic
  • Discoloring: Oxidising
  • Fruit persistence: Normal ripening

Growing

  • Gardening skill: Easy
  • Self-fertility: Self-fertile
  • Pollination group: 2
  • Vigour: Average vigour
  • Fruit bearing: Spur-bearer
  • Organic culture: Suitable

Problems

  • Disease resistance: Good
  • Scab: Very resistant

Climate

  • Cold hardiness (USDA): (5) -20F / -29C (6) -10F / -23C (7) 0F / -18C (8) 10F / -12C
  • Summer average maximum temperatures: Cool ( 20C - 24C / 68F - 75F) Warm (25C - 30C / 76F - 85F) Cold (< 20C / 67F)
  • Frost resistance of blossom: Susceptible

Identification

  • Country of origin: Germany
  • Period of origin: 1900 - 1949
  • Fruit colour: Orange / Red
  • Awards: RHS Award of Garden Merit