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Pollination group:

Ladies' Sweeting

Synonyms: Lady Sweet, Ladies Sweet, Ladies Sweeting, Pommeroy

Identification: Medium tending to large, long-conic. The skin is smooth and thin, yellow base colour washed with bright red and marked with stripes. Light coloured russet lenticels, often indented. The stem is short and somewhat slender, set in a narrow, deep and russetted cavity. The calyx is small and closed, set in a narrow basin.

Characteristics: The flesh is white, tender, fine-grained and very sweet. Aromatic.

Uses: Dessert

Origins: Originated in the early 1800s in Newburgh, New York (U.S.A.), parentage unknown. Listed in the August 1849 issue of "The Cultivator" with the comment that it "is a fine and beautiful apple, a most abundant bearer and a long keeper, but the growth of the tree is too slow to adapt it for stock feeding." Described glowingly as an eating apple by A.J. Downing in his 1847 version of "The Fruits and Fruit Trees of America" with the comment "...we consider this the finest winter sweet apple, for the dessert, yet known or cultivated in this country." Also listed in the 1845/46 Highland Nursery catalogue as "The finest of all winter sweet apples." Highland Nursery of Newburgh, New York was, at the time, owned by A.J. Downing & Company.

Cultivation: Moderately vigorous, upright. Slow to start bearing fruit, but once it does, it produces heavy crops every other year. Needs full sun. The fruit hangs well on the tree at maturity.

Ploidism: Diploid. Self sterile.

Cold storage: Keeps six months in cold storage.

Vulnerabilities: Susceptible to scab.

Harvest: Ready for harvest starting early in the fifth period.

Status: dessert

Pollination group: C

Pollination day: 9

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