Alkmene apple trees
- Gardening skill: Suitable for beginners
- Picking season: Mid
- Keeping (of fruit): 2-3 weeks
- Self-fertility: Self-fertile
- Pollination group: 2
- Uses: Eating fresh
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.
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1-year Alkmene apple trees bare-root
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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.
Advice on fruit tree pollination.
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.
- Picking season:
- Keeping (of fruit):
- Flavor style (apples):
- Fruit persistence:
- Gardening skill:
Suitable for beginners
- Pollination group:
- Fruit bearing:
- Organic culture:
- General resistance:
- 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:
- Country of origin:
- Period of origin:
1900 - 1949
- Fruit color:
Orange / Red
RHS Award of Garden Merit