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Hudson’s Golden Gem Apple 3-5 ft branched tree

Regular price
$70.00 USD
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Sale price
$70.00 USD
Plant type
Rootstock

The large, conical, entirely russeted fruit of Hudson’s Golden Gem have a juicy, very sweet flesh with nuttiness almost like a Bosc pear. When fully ripe, it also develops the soft graininess of a pear. After ripening in October, it keeps well, becoming honey-sweet after about a month. Very good resistance to apple scab.

B118: B118 or “Bud 118” is considered semidwarf or semistandard, growing to 85% the size of a standard rootstock tree. Similar to a standard, trees on B118 are vigorous, hardy and need no staking. Trees on B118 will begin bearing fruit slightly earlier than standard roostock trees and are reliably productive.

Apples thrive in Vermont. You need to have at least two different varieties for pollination; however, apples are common enough in Vermont that you can often get away with planting one if a neighbor has a few trees. Wild trees or crab apples growing nearby can also serve as pollinators. More pollen often means more and larger fruit. Plant in a well-drained spot with good sun. We grow and sell varieties that perform well in our climate and growing conditions. Varieties listed as “heirloom” originated before 1900.

If you are planting a few trees, consider selecting varieties with different uses or ripening times. If you are planning to make hard cider, add a cider variety or two to blend with more typical dessert fruit.