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Granny Smith Step-over

This famous Australian apple should be know my most. A very green apple, large with prominent dots on the skin. The white flesh is very crisp, juicy and acid. Unfortunately the public seldom have a chance to eat fully mature Granny's straight off the tree as they are picked in March and cool stored. They hang very well on the tree after the leaves have fallen, and can start to yellow - that's when they sweeten up and lose any 'hardness' making them great eating. Originated as a chance seedling in the back garden of a Mrs. Mary Anne Smith of Ryde near Sydney around 1860. It's thought to be the offspring of a variety called 'French Crab' which it closely resembles. Great eaten cooked and also in cider when mixed with sweeter varieties. Suitable for low-chill conditions.

Important note on size. All my stepovers didnt make sufficient growth, and as such are sold as "small". In the paddock most got up to mid thigh (when in leaf!) and should do just fine. They've been discounted accordingly.

As we grow it on other rootstocks, be sure that you want it as a Step-over.

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Specifications

Ripening Time June - July
Fertility Needs a pollinator (produces viable pollen)
Growth Habit Can be espaliered as a step-over and kept to 0.5m -1m. Free standing tree grows to around 1 -1.5m tall.
Rootstock Extra-dwarfing rootstock
Chill Tolerance Tolerates low chill
Plant Sizes Normal: approx 70-130cm bare rooted; Small: approx 50-70cm bare rooted

Pollination Guide

  • Pollination is far simpler than most people think. Generally, unless self fertile simply get 2 or more different varieties in the same group (eg pears) to ensure adequate pollination. A more comprehensive explanation can be found in our Pollination Guide
  • More information on Espaliering
  • More information in our Articles and on planting and pruning.
  • Answers to Common Questions.

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Granny Smith Step-over

Granny Smith Step-over

This famous Australian apple should be know my most. A very green apple, large with prominent dots on the skin. The white flesh is very crisp, juicy and acid. Unfortunately the public seldom have a chance to eat fully mature Granny's straight off the tree as they are picked in March and cool stored. They hang very well on the tree after the leaves have