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A crisp, sweet red apple renowned for its excellent keeping qualities.

Origin: USA, 1942

Pollination: Idared is self-sterile and would require a pollinator to produce a crop.  Pollination partners

Idared apple trees produced to order

We do not stock this variety, but we can produce trees for you through our custom grafting service. Trees can be grafted on any of the following rootstocks:

  • CG-1Idared tree custom-grafted on M9 rootstock (Dwarfing)£39.00 each
  • CG-2Idared tree custom-grafted on M26 rootstock (Semi-dwarfing)£39.00 each
  • CG-3Idared tree custom-grafted on MM106 rootstock (Semi-vigorous)£39.00 each
  • CG-4Idared tree custom-grafted on MM111 rootstock (Vigorous)£39.00 each
  • CG-5Idared tree custom-grafted on M25 rootstock (Very vigorous)£39.00 each

If you wish to go order please fill in our contact form in the first instance, stating your name, full address, and the rootstock(s) you wish the tree(s) to be grafted on. You will need to contact us before June.

Propagation is carried out in late July / early August, and the grafted trees would be available for supply in December the following year (approximately 14 months later).

History and description of Idared

Idared is a Jonathan x Wagener raised in the USA by Leif Verner at the Idaho Agricultural Experimental Station, Moscow, Idaho and introduced 1942. It is grown commercially in North America, France, Germany, and to a small extent in England. In Austria it is used to make apple strudel.

A medium/large apple. Flat-round shape with a trace of ribbing. One-quarter to three-quarters flushed bright red with rather indistinct stripes on clear yellow. Very smooth rather tough shiny skin. White flesh tinged green. Crisp, juicy, and sweet with a vinous flavour when at its best but it can often be chewy and flavourless. To produce maximum colour the fruit should remain on the tree late. Keeps very well and hangs well on the tree until late autumn.

A spreading tree of moderate vigour. Good cropper but prone to canker and mildew.

Characteristics of Idared apple trees

Fruit sizeMedium
Picking timeMid Oct
Season of useNov-Mar
Tree vigourModerate
Tree habitSpreading
Disease resistanceCanker - Very susceptible
Mildew - Susceptible
Scab - Resistant
Pollination date7
Pollination groupB
PollinatorsPollination partners
Herefordshire Russet