Where does the Malus tree come from?
The Elstar is one of the Netherlands most famous apples. This is because the Netherlands has the perfect climate for this Apple tree. This slightly sour to sweet apple is very suitable for use in salads or pastries pies for example. The Elstar is self-pollinating and produces fruit well after you have enjoyed its beautiful blossom.
How can I best prune this plant?
In the winter, remove all of its diseased, dead and unwanted branches. Do not leave any stumps, but saw back to a smooth surface. All main branches or ’ skeleton ’ can be cut back by one third. Repeat Pruning in the summer, pruning back annual shoots by five buds. Slow down growth even more by bending the branches to horizontal growth with string. Do not allow them to droop as this will stop them from producing fruit.
-10 to -20 degrees
Slightly moisture retaining
Depending on its trunk, 100-200 centimetres
Evergreen or deciduous:
In the summer
Cow manure pellets in the spring
Bright white/pink blossom
Support its heavy branches
Pick the apples in September/early October