This is important and
it is little use planting several Cox’s
Orange, just because it is one’s favourite
apple, without a pollinator. It will set almost
no fruit with its own pollen, but will set at
least 15 per cent where one of these trees is
grown nearby: James Grieve, Merton Worcester,
Charles Ross, Discovery, Stirling Castle, Egremont
Russet or Jonathan.
Triploids will not set their own pollen, nor will
they pollinate others, so two pollinators should
be grown with them to ensure heavy crops. Gravenstein,
Blenheim Orange and Ribston Pippin are triploids.
Plant them with Grenadier, a cooker, and either
James Grieve or Lord Lambourne for dessert. These
and most other apples are known as diploids. One
of the best pollinators for all apples is Lane’s
Prince Albert, for it is in bloom longer than
any, for at least 21 days. Others which are long
in bloom and good pollinators are Rev. Wilks,
Grenadier, James Grieve, Lord Derby and Annie
Elizabeth. They will pollinate most other varieties.