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Howgate Wonder

Howgate Wonder
  • Picking season: Late
  • Country of origin: United Kingdom
  • Self-fertility: Partially self-fertile
  • Flowering group: 3

Howgate Wonder is a traditional very large English cooking apple, which has been popular amongst gardeners since its introduction at the start of the 20th century.

The flavor is acidic, but not as sharp as Bramley. When cooked it produces an attractive lumpy puree, and it can also be used for juicing. True devotees (and it does attract a following) maintain it can also be eaten fresh.

Howgate Wonder apples can be stored in a cold shed and will keep until the following spring.

Howgate Wonder apple trees for sale

  • 1.1-year maiden bare-root tree 24.45
    M26 rootstock
    Medium size (2.5m-3m after 10 years)
  • 2.1-year maiden bare-root tree 24.45
    MM106 rootstock
    Large size (3m-4m after 10 years)


How to grow

One of the key attributes of a good cooker is that it should produce plenty of large apples, and Howgate Wonder is a naturally vigorous variety that grows into a fairly large tree - choose a smaller rootstock if space is an issue.

Howgate Wonder is easy to grow and fairly disease resistant. It is also a tough tree and tolerates difficult or exposed situations fairly well.



History

Howgate Wonder is a cross between Blenheim Orange and Newton Wonder - both large apples in their own right.



Howgate Wonder characteristics

  • Using

    • Picking period (southern UK):early October
    • Picking season:Late
    • Cropping:Heavy
    • Keeping (of fruit):3 months or more
    • Food uses:Culinary, Juice, Traditional cooker
  • Growing

    • Gardening skill:Average
    • Self-fertility:Partially self-fertile
    • Flowering group:3
    • Vigour:Vigorous
    • Fruit bearing:Spur-bearer
  • Problems

    • Disease resistance:Good
  • Climate

    • Climate suitability:Temperate climates
    • Summer average maximum temperatures:Cool ( 20C - 24C / 68F - 75F), Cold (< 20C / 67F)
  • Identification

    • Country of origin:United Kingdom
    • Period of origin:1900 - 1949