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Somerset Redstreak

Somerset Redstreak

A traditional English cider apple producing a bittersweet juice. Somerset Redstreak is one of the main commercial cider varieties planted in England.

Malus domestica

Somerset Redstreak cider apple trees for sale

  • 1.1-year maiden bare-root tree 24.95
    MM106 rootstock
    Large size (3m-4m after 10 years)
    Out of stock


How to grow

Somerset Redstreak is slightly prone to biennial bearing, fruiting more heavily in alternate years. This can be controlled by heavier thinning in the "on" year.

It ripens slightly ahead of the main late-season cider varieties.



History

England, early 20th century.



Somerset Redstreak characteristics

  • Using

    • Picking period (southern UK):mid-October
    • Picking season:Late
    • Cropping:Good
    • Keeping (of fruit):2-3 weeks
    • Food uses:Hard cider
  • Growing

    • Gardening skill:Average
    • Self-fertility:Not self-fertile
    • Flowering group:5
    • Pollinating others:Average
    • Ploidy:Diploid
    • Vigour:Slightly large
    • Precocity:Precocious
    • Bearing regularity:Biennial tendency
    • Fruit bearing:Spur-bearer
  • Problems

    • Disease resistance:Average
    • Scab:Some resistance
  • Climate

    • Climate suitability:Temperate climates, Mild damp climates
    • Cold hardiness (USDA):(5) -20F / -29C
    • Summer average maximum temperatures:Cool ( 20C - 24C / 68F - 75F)
  • Identification

    • Country of origin:United Kingdom
    • Period of origin:1900 - 1949
    • Fruit colour:Orange / Red, Red striped