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Golden Delicious apple trees

Malus domestica
Golden Delicious
Golden Delicious is listed in the RHS Plants for Pollinators
  • Picking season: Late
  • Self-fertility: Partially self-fertile
  • Flowering group: 4

Golden Delicious is a popular supermarket apple variety with a reputation for a bland flavour. However, when home-grown in good conditions, and allowed to ripen on the tree is a very different proposition - a handsomely-shaped apple with a golden-green skin, crisp juicy flesh, and a rich sweet flavour, reminscent of raw cane sugar. If you like crisp sweet apples then it is hard to beat a home-grown Golden Delicious, picked late in the autumn when properly ripe.

Home-grown Golden Delicious apples still retain the advantages of commercially grown examples - they are versatile for eating fresh or using in the kitchen, and of course they are one of the best apples for long-term storage, retaining flavour and crispness for several months in a cold shed or in the fridge.

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Golden Delicious organic apple trees for sale

  • 1Maidentree on M9 rootstock22.25€
    Small tree (1.5m-2.5m after 10 years) Bare-root
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  • 2Maidentree on M116 rootstock22.95€
    Medium tree (2m-3.5m after 10 years) Bare-root
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  • 3Maidentree on MM111 rootstock22.25€
    Large tree (3m-5m after 10 years) Bare-root
  • 4Maidentree on Bittenfelder rootstock22.25€
    Very large tree (5m-6m+ after 10 years) Bare-root
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Growing and Training

Golden Delicious is easy to grow, and very productive. It prefers a dry climate, and a warm autumn helps.

It is a good pollinator for other apple varieties because it flowers over a long period.


History

Golden Delicious was discovered in West Virginia, USA, in the 1890s, and is probably a seedling of an old American variety called Grimes Golden.


Golden Delicious characteristics

  • Gardening skillAverage
  • Self-fertilityPartially self-fertile
  • Flowering group4
  • Picking seasonLate
  • Season of use3 months or more
  • Food usesEating freshCulinary
  • Cold hardiness (USDA)Zone 5 (-29C)
  • Summer average maximum temperaturesCool ( 20-24C / 68-75F)Warm (25-30C / 76-85F)
  • Chill requirementLow-chill - 700
  • Country of originUnited States
  • Period of origin1850 - 1899
  • Fruit colourGreenGreen - lightGreen / Yellow