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Red Falstaff

Red Falstaff

Red Falstaff is one of the best garden apple varieties for the UK, if not the best. For a start, the flavor is extremely good - you will never have problems giving away a surplus of these apples.x

And you almost certainly will have a surplus because Falstaff is also one of the heaviest-cropping of all apple varieties - fortunately the apples keep fairly well, they will last in a fridge until Christmas. It is also easy to grow and generally disease-free, and grows in a neat and tidy fashion.

Red Falstaff is an excellent crunchy juicy apple, with light cream-colored flesh and an orange / red flushed skin. The flavor is a well-balanced combination of sweetness and acidity, and exactly what you expect an apple to taste like.

Red Falstaff is a sport (natural genetic mutation) of Falstaff, which is a cross between James Grieve and Golden Delicious. We tend to find that the James Grieve parentage probably has the greater impact on Falstaff's flavor, and it is pleasingly sharp when eaten straight from the tree.

The relation to Golden Delicious is much less apparent in the color or flavor, but is reflected in the very heavy crops which Falstaff can produce, as well as the appealing crunchiness of the apples. Falstaff also inherits some of the keeping qualities of Golden Delicious - it certainly keeps better than James Grieve, and if kept well-chilled will retain the flavor and crispness for several months.

Like many apple varieties where James Grieve is one of the parents, Falstaff is very juicy and is a great apple for home-juicing.

Red Falstaff 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
    MM106 rootstock
    Large size (3m-4m after 10 years)
    Out of stock
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How to grow

From the horticultural perspective Falstaff inherits the best characteristics of its parents. It crops very heavily, and is generally easy to grow, and not too bothered by diseases. All in all it is an ideal garden variety for all apple-growing regions. Whilst its main attributes are of course its fruiting capacity, it is worth noting that Falstaff generally grows into an attractive and fairly symmetrical tree.


Falstaff is a late 20th century cross of James Grieve and Golden Delicious, developed at the famous East Malling Research Station in Kent, England.

Red Falstaff characteristics

  • Gardening skillBeginner
  • Self-fertilitySelf-fertile
  • Flowering group3
  • Pollinating othersAverage
  • PloidyDiploid
  • Bearing regularityRegular
  • Fruit bearingSpur-bearer
  • Picking seasonLate
  • CroppingHeavy
  • Keeping1-2 months
  • Useful forEating freshJuice
  • Disease resistanceAverage
  • ScabSome susceptibility
  • Climate typeTemperate climates
  • Summer average maximum temperaturesCool ( 20-24C / 68-75F)
  • Country of originUnited Kingdom
  • Period of origin1950 - 1999
  • Flower colourPink - light
  • Fruit colourRed