Grimes Golden apple trees

Grimes Golden
  • Picking season: Late
  • Keeping (of fruit): 3 months or more
  • Uses: Eating fresh
  • Uses: Cooking
  • Uses: Juice
  • Gardening skill: Average
  • Self-fertility: Self-fertile
  • Pollination group: 3

Grimes Golden is of historical interest as the probable parent of Golden Delicious, and is usually considered to have a richer flavor than its offspring. Spicy sweetness is perhaps the best way to describe it.

It is green/yellow in color, changing to yellow in storage. The apples store well and have a high sugar content.

Grimes Golden apple trees for sale

Item
Mature height
Price
Quantity
1-year Grimes Golden apple trees bare-root
Small (6ft-9ft) mature height
$29.00
1-year Grimes Golden apple trees bare-root
Medium (8ft-12ft) mature height
$29.00
1-year Grimes Golden apple trees bare-root
Large (10ft-14ft) 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

Grimes Golden has a narrower climate range than Golden Delicious, being traditionally an apple for the central and eastern states, zones 5 and 6, and not especially winter hardy. Grimes Golden is generally productive but not necessarily a regular bearer, which was one of the main reasons it was replaced by Golden Delicious as a commercial apple - however the home grower is likely to put up with Grimes Golden's uncertain productivity as a trade-off for its richer flavor.

In a good spring the fruitlets may require thinning. Fruit size is generally larger in the higher zones.

It is self-fertile and (like Golden Delicious) a good pollinator for other apple varieties.

Historical details

West Virginia, early 19th century.

Grimes Golden characteristics

Using

  • Picking season: Late
  • Cropping: Good
  • Keeping (of fruit): 3 months or more
  • Fruit persistence: Normal ripening
  • Flavour quality: Very good
  • Flavour style (apples): Sweeter
  • Uses: Eating fresh Cooking Juice
  • Discoloring: Slightly oxidising

Growing

  • Gardening skill: Average
  • Self-fertility: Self-fertile
  • Pollination group: 3
  • Pollinating others: Good
  • Ploidy: Diploid
  • Vigour: Average vigour
  • Precocity: Precocious
  • Bearing regularity: Regular
  • Fruit bearing: Spur-bearer

Problems

  • Disease resistance: Average
  • Cedar apple rust: Some resistance
  • Fireblight: Some resistance
  • Mildew: Some resistance
  • Scab: Some susceptibility

Climate

  • Cold hardiness (USDA): (5) -20F / -29C
  • Summer average maximum temperatures: Warm (25C - 30C / 76F - 85F)

Identification

  • Country of origin: United States
  • Period of origin: 1800 - 1849
  • Fruit colour: Green / Yellow