Stembridge Cluster cider apple trees

Stembridge Cluster cider apples
  • Gardening skill: Average
  • Self-fertility: Not self-fertile
  • Pollination group: 2
  • Uses: Hard cider

A traditional English hard cider apple from the town of Stembridge in Somerset.

Stembridge Cluster produces a full bittersweet juice.

How to grow

Like many English cider varieties, Stembridge Cluster has a strong tendency towards biennial bearing. Counter this by making sure it is not allowed over-crop.

Advice on fruit tree pollination.

Stembridge Cluster characteristics

Using

  • Picking season: Late
  • Uses: Hard cider
  • Cropping: Good
  • Keeping (of fruit): 2-3 weeks
  • Juice style: Bittersweet (cider)

Growing

  • Gardening skill: Average
  • Self-fertility: Not self-fertile
  • Pollination group: 2
  • Pollinating others: Average
  • Ploidy: Diploid
  • Vigour: Average vigour
  • Precocity: Precocious
  • Bearing regularity: Biennial tendency
  • Fruit bearing: Spur-bearer

Disease resistance

  • General resistance: Average

Climate

  • Cold hardiness (USDA): (4) -30F / -34C
  • Summer average maximum temperatures: Cool ( 20C - 24C / 68F - 75F)

Identification

  • Country of origin: United Kingdom
  • Period of origin: 1900 - 1949
  • Fruit color: Green / Red
  • Fruit size: Average
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