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Meridian

Meridian

Meridian is an excellent modern English dessert apple, and an excellent choice for the garden. It is unfortunately not that well known, and deserves to be more widely-planted.

Meridianis a cross between Cox's Orange Pippin and Falstaff, and inherits the best qualities of both varieties. Meridian is a notably juicy apple, typical of Falstaff (and other varieties descended from James Grieve).

The flavor is very good, with plenty of sweetness but a good balance of sharp acidity as well - this is a variety that will appeal to most tastes.

Meridian apple trees for sale

  • 11-year maiden bare-root tree 33.45
    M26 rootstock
    Medium size (2.5m-3m after 10 years)
    Out of stock
  • 21-year maiden bare-root tree 33.45
    M116 rootstock
    Large size (3m-4m after 10 years)
    Out of stock
  • 31-year maiden bare-root tree 33.45
    MM106 rootstock
    Large size (3m-4m after 10 years)
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How to grow

Meridian is easy to grow, crops heavily, and has good disease resistance.

History

Developed at East Malling Research Station in Kent during the late 20th century as an alternative to Cox's Orange Pippin - which is one of its parents. However in many respects it is closer to its other parent, Falstaff.

Meridian characteristics

  • Gardening skillBeginner
  • Self-fertilityNot self-fertile
  • Flowering group3
  • Pollinating othersAverage
  • PloidyDiploid
  • Bearing regularityRegular
  • Fruit bearingSpur-bearer
  • Picking seasonMid
  • CroppingHeavy
  • Keeping2-3 weeks
  • Useful forEating freshJuice
  • Disease resistanceGood
  • ScabSome resistance
  • MildewSome resistance
  • Climate typeTemperate climates
  • Summer average maximum temperaturesCool ( 20-24C / 68-75F)
  • Country of originUnited Kingdom
  • Period of origin2000
  • Flower colourWhite
  • Fruit colourOrange / Red