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Idared apple tree

Malus domestica 'Idared'

Idared
Idared is listed in the RHS Plants for Pollinators
  • Picking season: Late
  • Self-fertility: Not self-fertile
  • Pollination group: 2

Idared is an attractive late-season apple, with a mild flavor, useful for both eating fresh, cooking, and juicing.

Idared has exceptional keeping qualities, and can be stored in a domestic fridge for 6 months.

Idared apple trees for sale

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  • Semi-dwarf 1-year bare-root tree $37.95
    Mature height: 8ft-12ft after 10 years
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How to grow

Idared has some susceptibility to fireblight and mildew but is generally an easy variety to grow. It is fairly precocious and usually a heavy-cropper.

The tree flowers early in the spring, and blossom has some frost-resistance. It is a good pollinator of other early-blooming apple varieties.

Advice on fruit tree pollination.

History

Idared was developed at the Idaho Agricultural Experimental Station in the 1930s. It is a cross between Jonathan and Wagener.

Idared characteristics

  • Gardening skillBeginner
  • Self-fertilityNot self-fertile
  • Pollination group2
  • Pollinating othersAverage
  • Picking seasonLate
  • UsesEating freshCulinaryJuice
  • Keeping (of fruit)3 months or more
  • General resistanceAverage
  • FireblightSome susceptibility
  • Cedar apple rustSome susceptibility
  • MildewSome susceptibility
  • Cold hardiness (USDA)Zone 3 (-40C)
  • Summer maximum temperaturesCool ( 20-24C / 68-75F)Warm (25-30C / 76-85F)
  • Country of originUnited States
  • Period of origin1900 - 1949
  • Fruit colorRed