By: Bonnie L. Grant, Certified Urban Agriculturist
Ginger Gold is an early producing apple that has lovely ripe fruits in summer. Ginger Gold apple trees are an Orange Pippin cultivar that has been popular since the 1960s. Learn how to grow Ginger Gold apples and enjoy early fruits and a heat tolerant tree.
About Ginger Gold Apple Trees
There are many wonderful apple cultivars available for both commercial and home growers. Growing a Ginger Gold apple tree provides fresh fruit even during the heat of summer, much earlier than most apple varieties. Most fruit is ripe and ready to pick by mid to late August.
Trees attain 12 to 15 feet (3.6 to 4.5 m.) in height and are considered semi-dwarf plants, making them ideal for most landscapes and easy to harvest. There are also dwarf trees that grow just 8 feet (2.4 m.) tall with a similar spread.
The spring flowers are white tinted with pink, usually opening in April. The fruit is yellowish gold when ripe, and large with creamy white flesh. The flavor is described as crisp and sweet-tart.
Fruits have a natural resistance to browning. They are best eaten fresh but also make a nice sauce or dried fruit. Ginger Gold apples keep in cool temperatures for just 1 to 2 months.
Ginger Gold Cultivation
Ginger Gold is a cross between Newtown Pippin and Golden Delicious and was developed by Ginger Harvey in Virginia. United States Department of Agriculture zones 4 to 8 are perfect for growing a Ginger Gold apple tree.
This is a self-sterile tree that needs a pollinating companion such as Red Delicious or Honeycrisp.
Trees need pruning early in development and take 2 to 5 years to bear, but once they do, harvests are abundant.
Plant in full sun with well-draining soil when temperatures are still cool. Bare root trees should be soaked in water for 1 to 2 hours prior to planting. Stake young trees to help stabilize and straighten the main stem.
Ginger Gold Apple Care
This variety is susceptible to cedar apple rust and fire blight. Early season fungicide applications can reduce the risk of trees becoming diseased.
Prune when the tree is dormant. Always prune to a bud at an angle that will cause moisture to fall away from the cut. Prune trees to a central leader with several strong scaffold branches. Encourage horizontal branches and wide angles between stems. Remove dead and diseased wood and create an open canopy.
Pest issues need to be preventively dealt with by early season applications of pesticides and the use of traps.
Ginger Gold is considered a light feeder of nitrogen. Feed the apple trees annually in early spring after they are 2 to 4 years of age.
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Malus domestica 'Ginger Gold'
The Ginger Gold apple is early ripening (mid-July in North Carolina). Ripening can vary by location from mid July to late August. It is heat tolerant which allows its fruit to ripen earlier than many apples. The fruit is medium-large, round or conical with a pale green appearance at first, then ripening to yellow gold. This tree is semi-dwarf, 12 to 15 feet, with a moderate growth rate.
This tree blooms at mid-season for apple trees, a bit later than early season April.
All apple trees require another apple cultivar for pollination. Most any variety will work if the bloom periods overlap adequately. Check the bloom times for your area for all options considered. A crabapple variety that blooms reliably each year is often suggested due to its long bloom time. For the Ginger Gold specifically, the red delicious or Honeycrisp are often recommended.
Soil type needed is average to loamy but it responds to enriched soil with better production. Apple trees do best with a slightly acidic soil pH in the range of 5.0 to 6.8.
Fruit production will respond best to full sun and air movement around the tree and through its branches. It is not recommended to place the tree near taller trees or structures that would shade it for a few hours each day. In summary, air movement, sunlight, and good soil and drainage all lead to a healthy, productive tree.
Most apple trees are susceptible to a variety of fungi and diseases. The Ginger Gold is especially subject to mildew. The location and maintenance suggested above help to keep the trees healthy.
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