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Ard Cairn Russet Apple

Ard Cairn Russet Apple

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History: Ard Cairn Russet was discovered by Baylor Hartland in County Cork, Ireland around 1890 as a seedling. He was a nursery worker and later catalogued the apple in 1907, by which time the family nursery business had moved to Ardcairn. The apple was named after its new home and the heavy russetting on its skin.

Why We Grow It: This sweet Irish variety is said to have a flavour akin to that of a banana, getting sweeter the longer it is kept in storage. The tree grows well and produces good crops, making it a lovely addition to any property.

Canadian Hardiness Zone: 4

Soil Preference: Sandy loam, loam, clay loam. Prefers average to moist conditions, avoid planting anywhere that floods for more than two weeks in the spring. Generally quite adaptable to different soil conditions. 

Growth Habits and Disease Resistance: Vigorous with an upright growth habit, produces good crops, tip-bearing. Resistant to scab.

Sun/Shade: Full sun (approx. 8-10 hours of sun daily)

Pollination: Requires a pollinator of a different apple variety that blooms around the same time

Flowering Time: Middle

Bloom Colour: White

Ripens: Late September

Storage: Keeps until November when stored in cool, humid conditions

Recommended Use: Fresh eating

Size including roots:

  • 1m+ Whip: 100-200cm
  • 1m+ Branched: 100cm+ with at least three branches 30cm+
  • 50-80cm Whip: 50-80cm
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