Red Siberian Crab - flowers early (3/5/13) and is a good pollinator for groups A/B/C
A work in progress on Pollination is now on this website in answer to quite a few queries and comments (good and bad!) about my use of flowering dates, season, picking and storage. Please look at the new Menu item 'Pollination'. Almost all the apples on the website are now in a list of pollination groups/season/storage times. I hope this will be useful when making a choice. Look at 'Blossom Gallery' under 'Photo Galleries' to view apple blossom pictures and look forward to next spring. I would be really pleased for comments and suggestions so let me know how I can improve it, make it more useful and user friendly. I am also working through the individual apples in the alphabetic list and putting in the pollination groups.
The website has been busy but I am keeping up with all the emails - just
I have a lot of queries from people who would like to send me a photo of their apple so I can identify it. Photos are always interesting but there are several good reasons why it is not possible to identify an apple accurately from a photo. An educated guess but not an accurate identification. Firstly it is difficult to get a feeling of scale and size from a photo, secondly you really need to feel the apple, dry or greasy skin, ribs, smooth or bumpy (hammered), rough from russet patches etc. Then there is the aroma and of course the taste, not to mention what the inside looks like when it is cut open (section). A photo doesn't tell you any of the above. So please don't be disappointed if I can't help.