Stoke Red cider apple trees

Stoke Red
  • Gardening skill: Average
  • 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.

Stoke Red cider apple trees for sale

Item
Mature height*
Price
Quantity
1-year Stoke Red cider apple trees bare-root
G.11 rootstock
Small (6ft-9ft) mature height
$29.00
1-year Stoke Red cider apple trees bare-root
G.890, G.935 rootstock
Medium (8ft-12ft) mature height
$29.00
1-year Stoke Red cider apple trees bare-root
Large (10ft-16ft) mature height
$29.00
Out of stock

*Find out more about the apple rootstocks we use to control the mature height.


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.

Historical details

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

Stoke Red characteristics

Using

  • Picking season: Very late
  • Uses: Hard cider
  • Cropping: Heavy
  • Keeping (of fruit): 2-3 weeks
  • Juice style: Bittersharp (cider)
  • Fruit persistence: Normal ripening

Growing

  • Gardening skill: Average
  • Self-fertility: Not self-fertile
  • Pollination group: 6
  • Pollinating others: Average
  • Ploidy: Diploid
  • Vigour: Average vigour
  • Precocity: Slow to start bearing
  • Bearing regularity: Biennial tendency
  • Fruit bearing: Spur-bearer

Disease resistance

  • General resistance: Average
  • Fireblight: Some susceptibility
  • Scab: Very resistant

Climate

  • Cold hardiness (USDA): (5) -20F / -29C
  • Summer average maximum temperatures: Cool ( 20C - 24C / 68F - 75F)

Identification

  • Country of origin: United Kingdom
  • Period of origin: 1900 - 1949
  • Fruit color: Orange / Red
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