Apple Breeding Programme

Sections updated April 2018 *

Breeding targets

  • Early season dessert apples
  • Flavour intensity
  • Welsh provenance
  • Triploid selections
  • Resistance to Scab
  • Resistance to Codling Moth
  • Using 'wild' apple trees

Crossing

  • Location
  • Choice of parental trees
  • Preparation of flowers for pollination
  • Hand Pollination

Seedling production *

  • Harvesting and seed treatment
  • Planting seeds
  • Seedling care during first year
  • Care during subsequent years
  • Flowering 
  • Selection and scoring

Pests and Diseases

  • Thrips
  • Caterpillars and aphids
  • Diseases