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Bloody Ploughman

A legendary dark red dessert apple from Scotland with some red flesh.

Origin: Scotland, 1883

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

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

Arose in Carse of Gowrie, Scotland. First recorded in 1883. There is a colourful story behind the rather strange name. A ploughman was caught stealing apples from the Megginch estate and shot by a gamekeeper. His wife threw the stolen apples on a rubbish heap. One of the seedlings which arose was resued and gave rise to the variety which was named after the unfortunate ploughman.

Medium to large, flat-round, ribbed fruit. Blood red skin. Crisp, juicy flesh becomes stained pink when very ripe. Sweet with a light flavour. Vigorous tree.

Characteristics of Bloody Ploughman apple trees

UseDessert
ColourRed
FlavourSweet
Fruit sizeMedium
Picking timeMid Sep
Season of useSep-Nov
Tree vigourVigorous
Tree habitUpright-spreading
Fruit-bearingSpur-bearer
Cropping
Suitable forNorthern Britain
Pollination date12
Pollination groupD
Self-fertilitySelf-sterile
PollinatorsPollination partners