Apple - Bloody Ploughman

Bloody Ploughman Apple

Malus domestica
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. Show suitable pollination partners



Bloody Ploughman Apple Trees for sale - order online

Please select the rootstock, age and tree form available items in the table below. The choice of rootstock is important as it determines the size to which the tree will grow when mature. Trees are available either as maidens which are untrained one year old trees or two year old trees already trained in a particular form. Reduced price trees when available are smaller one year old trees or two year old trees which have less well developed heads than our regular trees but are otherwise perfectly good healthy trees offered at a lower price. Trees are supplied bare root during the planting season from late November to early March. Further information is available below.

Rootstock / Vigour / Age / Form Availability Price Qty required
M9 - Dwarfing   1 year Maiden Sold out £17.00
M26 - Semi-dwarfing   1 year Maiden Available £17.00
MM111 - Vigorous   1 year Maiden Available £17.00

The availability information shown in the availability column in the table is always up-to-date.
Available means Available for supply from Nov 2017 to March 2018
2018/19 means Sold out but available for supply winter 2018/19. Orders taken from May 2018
Sold out means Sold out for supply Nov 2017 to March 2018. May be available again winter 2018/19




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.




Main characteristics of Bloody Ploughman

Use Dessert
Colour Red
Flavour Sweet
Fruit size  Medium
Picking time  Mid Sep
Season of use  Sep-Nov

Tree vigour  Vigorous
Tree habit  Upright-Spreading
Fruit bearing  Spur-bearer
Suitable for Northern Britain

Pollination date  12
Pollination group  D
Self fertility  Self-sterile
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