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Tip or spur bearing?

Posted: Sun Aug 31, 2014 1:50 am
by Lelama
Hello, I have two varieties of apple, Reinette Clochard and King of the Pippin's. Does anyone know if they are tip or spur bearing. I want to make sure I adopt the right pruning technique.
Many thanks

Re: Tip or spur bearing?

Posted: Wed Sep 03, 2014 11:30 am
by OrangePippin-Richard
I think King of the Pippins is a spur-bearer.

Re: Tip or spur bearing?

Posted: Sat Jul 11, 2015 4:54 pm
by Stephen Horsfall
According to 'The New Book of Apples', by Joan Morgan and Alison Richards, both are spur bearers, but it says that 'Reinette Clochard' is a triploid, which means it won't pollenate 'King of the Pippins', so you need a third suitable pollen partner, so that it and KotP can pollenate RC and each other, unless there's a suitable tree growing somewhere nearby. (That's assuming you've recently planted them: if you've had them some time, and they both fruit well, there must be another pollen partner nearby.)