Grow your own Apples

Horkans Lifestyle & Garden Centre have selected a range of top quality Apple trees suitable for all gardens, in particular small gardens, or for growing in tubs and patio pots. Our range of Dwarf Apple trees is even suitable for growing in the west of Ireland.

Coronet Apples are renowned for flavour and fruit in abundance from an early age. They are reliable fruiters, easy to grow, ideal for planting in patio tubs and will suit most gardens because of their unique growing habit. After 10 years they will only grow to 6ft, making them ideal for all garden sizes.

Varieties We Recommend

Horkans have selected a range of varieties for Coronet. All are well proven. They range from the early maturing types such as Discovery to the late maturing Cox’s Orange Pippin which can be stored until year end. This selection includes the older types with their distinctive flavours as well as the modern varieties. By having your own trees you can grow many delicious Apples not found in shops.

Apple Red Boskoop
 This is a true winner of all the Apple trees that are on the market, as the Apples are  juicy, tart, sweet and crisp and these can be eaten directly or used in cooking. This is a  great choice of Apple tree if you are limited to space as the fruit can be both eaten and  used in cooking. You will not be disappointed!

Apple Bramley
This is a very popular cooking Apple tree chosen by many customers for many years. It produces large crops of big juicy creamy fleshed Apples which are full of flavour. The Bramley seedling tree is easy to grow and well suited to most gardens but will need some space and two other Apple trees nearby to cross pollinate as it is genetically a triploid. Bramley’s Seedling Apple tree is easy to grow but does prefer a e836b50821f5043ecd0b470de7444e90fe76e6d31bb814479cf2c5_640_apple-treeheavy clay soil. It is vigorous in its growth habit and will need space to spread.

Apple Jonagold 
The Apples from this tree are sweet, juicy and crisp. A good harvest of Apples are produced each and every year while the tree itself is easy to grow. A beautiful show of flowers each May, the Jonagold tree is easy to grow but will need space to spread. The fruit are exceptionally juicy.

Apple Laxton’s Superb
This Apple tree produces beautiful green/yellow Apples which have a splash of deep red on the skin.The Apples are very tasty and store well. An abundance of fruit are produced each year and the taste will not disappoint. This is a e835b40e28f5093ecd0b470de7444e90fe76e6d31bb8144796f3c9_640_applesgood choice of Apple tree as it produces good tasty Apples which store well.

An easy to grow modern (1972) Dutch variety. The Apples mature in early October and will keep until December. The fruit are red-flushed and juicy with an excellent flavour.

Golden Delicious
This is an Apple tree that will produce lots of delicious Apples each year. It is incredibly popular and for good reason – it is easy to grow and the Apples are tasty and easy to store. A popular choice of Apple tree which produces a great crop of fruit each year. 

Family Tree – Coronet with two Apple varieties on one tree
Coronet Two Variety is a fantastic new introduction – two different Apples on the one tree! It is self-pollinating which means it will set its own crop of Apples without a partner. A novel gift suitable for the smallest of gardens. Ideal for planting in tubs. The variety combination is Katy and Discovery.

Coronets from Horkans may be planted at any time of year.
Coronets grow satisfactorily in most garden soils. However wet soils (subject to water  logging) are unsuitable. If the soil is poor, dig a large hole (1m x 1m x 0.5m deep / 3ft x 3ft x  1.5ft deep) and fill it with good loam soil and/or SuperGrow planting compost. If possible  choose a sunny spot, sheltered from the prevailing wind. Dig a hole 25cm (9ins) deep and wide enough to accommodate the roots when spread out. The old soil mark on the stem should be at ground level. Half fill the hole and firm the soil or planting compost by treading. Fill the planting hole and firm the soil again.

In tubs
Coronets are ideal for containers. You can have an Apple tree even if your soil is unsuitable. The container (wood or terracotta) should be at least 25 litres in capacity. Use SuperGrow long lasting planting compost and ensure good drainage at the base. Plant firmly, with the old soil mark at the top of the compost.

Coronets need permanent staking. Use a preservative-treated (long lasting) stake. Tie the tree firmly using an adjustable strap tie or stretchable material.

Water thoroughly after planting and in dry weather during the first year. Trees in tubs must have moist compost throughout the year.




Coronets need some fertilisation particularly in poor soils but can easily be ‘killed by kindness’! Do not overdo the fertiliser. Fertilise each spring. Apply no more than 60gms per sq m (2ozs per sq yd). Trees in tubs may be given an additional regular feeding with One Plant Food from April to harvest. Maintain a weed free circle of 60cm to 90cm (2ft to 3ft) diameter round the tree.

Pests and Diseases
Most pests control each other in the garden. However greenfly may need one spray. Apple scab is the main disease. Spray when the tree comes into leaf and three to four times afterwards at two to three week intervals. Do not spray at blossom time when bees are active. The small compact Coronet is easy to spray.

To help the tree become established it is best to reduce the number of Apples to about six in the first year. Cut off any other fruitlets in June. In following years remove fruitlets to leave developing Apples about 5cm (2ins) apart.

Coronets require almost no pruning. If strong branches develop they may be cut back in winter. Cut out any dead or diseased branches.

Remember Coronet Apple trees are ideal for small, medium or large gardens. They are great for growing in tubs or patio containers (25 litre pot is ideal) and fruit reliably from even young trees. We recommend Coronet Apple trees for growing in the west of Ireland and now is a good time to plant. Plant at least two varieties but for extra fruit we recommend a minimum of three different varieties which flower at the same time of year.

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