History: This English cider apple originated in and was named after Rodney Stoke, a small village in Somerset, England. It was discovered around 1920 and has been popular in England since.
Why We Grow It: Stoke Red produces a great bittersharp juice that is well-regarded for cider making. As an added bonus, it is a heavy cropper and resistant to scab.
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: Moderately vigorous with a spreading growth pattern, slow to start producing fruit and tend to produce every other year, have heavy crops. Susceptible to mildew and fireblight but resistant to brown rot and very resistant to scab.
Sun/Shade: Some shade tolerance (approx. 6-8 hours of sun daily)
Pollination: Requires a pollinator of a different apple variety that blooms around the same time
Flowering Time: Very late
Ripens: Mid October
Storage: Does not keep well
Recommended Use: Cider
- Class: Bittersharp
- Sugar: Medium, SG 1.052
- Acidity: Medium, TA 6.4 g/L
- Tannins: High, 3.1 g/L
- Juice Yield: High, 286 mL/lb
- Taste: Very sharp and fruity, often scented
- Recommendations: Adds a bittersharp component to blends and can be made into a single-variety cider
Size including roots:
- 1 year grade 100-200 cm whip
- 2 year grade 100 cm+ with 3 or more branches, 30 cm or more
- B grade less than 100 cm
*Information based on Claude Jolicouer's The New Cidermaker's Handbook and Washington State University's "Cultivar Performance Gallery"