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Stoke Red cider apple tree

Stoke Red
Stoke Red is listed in the RHS Plants for Pollinators
  • Self-fertility: Not self-fertile
  • Pollination group: 6
  • Uses: Hard cider

Stoke Red is a well-regarded high quality English cider apple varieties. It adds a classic bittersharp component to cider blends, and can also be used to make a single-varietal cider.

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  • 1Dwarf 1-year bare-root tree $37.95
    Mature height: 6ft-9ft after 10 years
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    Mature height: 8ft-12ft after 10 years
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How to grow

Stoke Red has generally good disease resistance and is fairly easy to grow. The main issue is that it blooms very late. This is useful in northern areas where late frosts can be a problem, but make sure you have a suitable pollinator variety.

Stoke Red can also lapse into biennial bearing, in other words bearing a crop only every other year. This can be avoided by ensuring that the fruitlets are thinned in early June to prevent over-cropping, which is often the trigger for a poor crop the following year.

Advice on fruit tree pollination.

History

Stoke Red originates from Rodney Stoke, a village in Somerset, England, before 1920.

Stoke Red characteristics

  • Gardening skillAverage
  • Self-fertilityNot self-fertile
  • Pollination group6
  • Pollinating othersAverage
  • Picking seasonVery late
  • UsesHard cider
  • Keeping (of fruit)2-3 weeks
  • General resistanceAverage
  • FireblightSome susceptibility
  • ScabVery resistant
  • Cold hardiness (USDA)Zone 5 (-29C)
  • Summer maximum temperaturesCool ( 20-24C / 68-75F)
  • Country of originUnited Kingdom
  • Period of origin1900 - 1949
  • Fruit colorOrange / Red