History: The Close apple was developed in 1938 in Virginia at the US Department of Agriculture Arlington Experimental Farm. It was bred by C.P. Close after whom it was named.
Why We Grow It: This early season apple is large with a pink blush. Its sharp, juicy flavour is complimented with softer flesh, making it great for creating a flavourful sauce. They are considered 'very hardy' in Martin Crawford's Directory of Apples, but we haven't tested this cultivar outside of our zone.
Canadian Hardiness Zone: 5
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: Grows vigorously with an upright growth pattern, very hardy
Sun/Shade: Full sun (approx. 8-10 hours of sun daily)
Pollination: Triploid, requires two pollinators of different non-triploid apple varieties that bloom around the same time
Flowering Time: Early
Ripens: Early August
Storage: Keeps less than a month when stored in cool, humid conditions
Recommended Use: Fresh eating, cooking
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