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Apple Tree Indigenous Kei

Kei apples are robust evergreen fruit trees or shrubs that are sometimes known as a wild apricot, appelkoosdoring or Dingaan’s apricot.

The fruit is firm, small and sour (delicious once sweetened a little) and the plant makes a great hedge or barrier.

They are pollinated by flies and bees and are relatively easy to grow. They cannot be grown indoors, but they do well in the garden or in pots outside.

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Kei apples have a firm, mealy texture, similar to apricots. They are excellent for jams or added to a salad for a tangy zing. They have loads of vitamin C, antioxidants, and amino acids. The plant is also believed to have antibiotic properties.

 

Position – The Kei apple tree grows best in full sun or partial shade and can withstand high daytime temperatures. They should be planted about 1.5 to 2 metres apart for a hedge, and further apart for free-standing bushes.

 

Size – Kei apple trees grow to between 3 and 6 metres in height and bear their first fruits about 4 to 5 years after planting a seed. If they are growing in a particularly moist area, they can reach a height of about 9 metres.

 

Soil Type – These trees need well-draining soil with good aeration. However, they grow quite easily in different types of soil, whether sandy or loamy clay. The Kei apple thrives in soil with a pH of between 5.5 and 8.5, which should be enriched with plenty of well-aged compost to create the optimal growing environment.

 

Mulch – a thin layer of mulch will ensure that the plant can retain moisture and that the soil is likely to have a healthier pH. Organic materials like straw, green pine needles, wood shavings and so on work best as a mulch.

 

Watering – The Kei apple tree can withstand drought and tough conditions. So, be careful not to over-water your tree.

 

Fertilising – This tree thrives with a nutrient-rich, well-aged compost.

 

Pruning – Prune or trim your Kei apple trees at least twice a year to prevent them from becoming leggy with sparse foliage.

 

Harvesting – Once the flowers have opened, mature fruits should take about 90 days to develop. You will know that the fruit is ready by its vibrant bright-yellow or orange colour. This fruit is juicy and very tasty, but will likely need a little added sweetness for most palates.

 

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