Porter’s Perfection Apple Tree Overview
The Porter’s Perfection apple tree is a favored British bittersweet cider variety that makes a very high quality juice when it is blended with other varieties. Not only are the apples high in tannin but they will also help create a full-bodied cider. Ever since it was discovered in Charles Porter’s orchard in East Lambrook, Somerset (U.K.) in the 1800s, this heirloom variety has become a beloved variety of growers, They introduced it in 1907 and it spread widely throughout the region.
Just like any other apple tree, Porter’s Perfection apple tree grows best when it’s planted in full sun in well-drained soil. Additionally, this apple tree is vigorous, and has a tendency to bear heavy crops biennially. When they are ready very late in the season (November), you can pick them and start making your cider! Sometimes, multiple apples can grow on one stem and therefore fuse together into one fruit with multiple cores. If there are too many to enjoy at once, you can store them for up to one to two months in cold storage.
- Uses: Cider
- Taste: Medium bitter-sharp cider apple which produced a sharp juice with high levels of tannin. It is perfect for blending with other varieties.
- Size: Small – medium
- Color: Yellow base with flushes of dark red stripes
- Hardiness Zones: 5-8
- Disease resistance: good
- Harvest period: Very late season
- Flowering Group: 3
- Cross Pollinates with: Akane, McIntosh, Nova Spy, to name a few!
- Cultivation: This apple tree is vigorous, has a spreading habit, and bears fruit on spurs. Since it has a tendency to bear heavy crops biennially, it will need to be thinned and pruned. Sometimes, multiple apples can grow on one stem and therefore fuse together into one fruit with multiple cores.
- Storage: You can store the apples for up to 1-2 months in cold storage before the fruit declines.