Apple - Malus

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.

How do I care for my Elstar plant?
 Elstar is an easy-care variety, even if you do not have green fingers. It is easier to control its growth by timely pruning. You can do this in its active growth stage to maintain the shape you want.
When does this plant flower?
 Its bright pink buds will transform quickly into a sea of white/pink flowers. Harvest time for its yellow/red apples is mid-September to early October. These apples can be kept for many months when well looked after, sometimes right up until February.
What is the best location for this plant?
Put this Apple tree in the sun for sweeter apples. It also tolerates shade. It should not be planted in damp soils as this inhibits growth. Apart from this, it can be planted in any soil. 
  • Winter hardiness:

    -10 to -20 degrees

  • Soil type:
    Prefers not too heavy soil

  • Moisture levels:
    Slightly moisture retaining

  • Location:
    Full sun

  • Height:
    Depending on its trunk, 100-200 centimetres

  • Evergreen or deciduous:
    Deciduous

  • Pruning:
    In the summer

  • Fertilizin:
    Cow manure pellets in the spring

  • Flower:
    Bright white/pink blossom

  • Flowering period:
    May

  • Care:
    Support its heavy branches

  • Ripening:
    Pick the apples in September/early October

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