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Belle de Boskoop

Belle de Boskoop has received the RHS Award of Garden MeritBelle de Boskoop is listed in the RHS Plants for Pollinators

Belle de Boskoop is a well-regarded 19th century apple, from the town of Boskoop in the Netherlands, and still grown commercially on a small scale in Europe.

It is a classic long-storing dual-purpose apple, versatile in the kitchen, and good for eating fresh if you like a sharper apple.

The relatively large apples are variable in colour, usually green with orange or red flushes and some russeting. The pink and white spring blossom is pretty.

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Belle de Boskoop organic apple trees - graft to order

  • 11-year tree on M9 rootstock 19.45€
    Small tree (1.5m-2.5m after 10 years)
  • 21-year tree on MM111 rootstock 19.45€
    Large tree (3m-5m after 10 years)
  • 31-year tree on Franc rootstock 19.45€
    Very large tree (5m-6m+ after 10 years)
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Growing and Training

Belle de Boskoop is a vigorous-growing tree, with good disease-resistance, and producing large apples - typical of a triploid variety. It is therefore very easy to grow, but whilst it is readily pollinated by most other mid-bloom apple varieties, it will not cross-pollinate with them.

The only real disadvantage of Belle de Boskoop is that it can be slow to come into bearing, particularly on the more vigorous rootstocks. However once it starts, cropping is generally good and regular, and it has the potential to be a long-lived tree.

Belle de Boskoop characteristics

  • Gardening skillAverage
  • Self-fertilityNot self-fertile
  • Flowering group3
  • Pollinating othersPoor
  • PloidyTriploid
  • Fruit bearingSpur-bearer
  • Climate suitabilityTemperate climatesMild damp climates
  • Picking periodearly October
  • Picking seasonLate
  • Season of use3 months or more
  • CroppingGood
  • Food usesEating freshCulinaryDual purpose
  • Disease resistanceGood
  • ScabVery resistant
  • CankerSome resistance
  • MildewSome resistance
  • Country of originNetherlands
  • Period of origin1850 - 1899
  • Flesh colourCream
  • Fruit colourGreen / RedOrange / RedRusset
  • Fruit sizeLarge