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James Grieve

  • James Grieve
  • James Grieve
  • Picking season: Mid
  • Country of origin: United Kingdom
  • Self-fertility: Partially self-fertile
  • Flowering group: 3

James Grieve is a justifiably popular dual-purpose apple variety, raised in Scotland at the end of the 19th century, the height of the Victorian period of apple development in the UK. It is a very juicy apple, producing plenty of sharp-tasting apple juice.

James Grieve is a mid-season variety that is picked in northern zones around early-mid September. At this stage it is pleasantly acidic and refreshing and if it is too sharp for eating it can be used for cooking (cut it into small chunks, it keeps its shape when cooked). After a few weeks the flavor sweetens and becomes quite mild, and it is then an excellent apple to eat in slices along with a cheese course. The flesh is soft, somewhat like a firm pear in texture.

James Grieve 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

James Grieve performs best in areas with cooler summers.



History

Edinburgh, Scotland 1893, probably descended from an old Scottish culinary variety Pott's Seedling.



James Grieve characteristics

  • Using

    • Picking period (southern UK):early September
    • Picking season:Mid
    • Cropping:Good
    • Keeping (of fruit):1-2 months
    • Food uses:Eating fresh, Culinary, Juice, Hard cider, Dual purpose (eat + cook)
  • Growing

    • Gardening skill:Suitable for beginners
    • Self-fertility:Partially self-fertile
    • Flowering group:3
    • Pollinating others:Good
    • Ploidy:Diploid
    • Vigour:Average vigour
    • Precocity:Precocious
    • Bearing regularity:Regular
    • Fruit bearing:Spur-bearer
  • Problems

    • Disease resistance:Average
    • Canker:Some resistance
    • Fireblight:Some susceptibility
    • Scab:Some susceptibility
  • Climate

    • Climate suitability:Temperate climates
    • Cold hardiness (USDA):(5) -20F / -29C
    • Summer average maximum temperatures:Cool ( 20C - 24C / 68F - 75F), Cold (< 20C / 67F)
    • Frost resistance of blossom:Good resistance, Some resistance
  • Identification

    • Country of origin:United Kingdom
    • Period of origin:1850 - 1899
    • Fruit colour:Orange flush
    • Awards:RHS Award of Garden Merit