Spartan apple is a smaller fruited apple that ripens around late September in S.E. WI. It is an old Canadian variety that was developed in the early 20th century. This variety shares many of the traits of McIntosh Apple (one of its parents) but has much firmer flesh and a very distinct flavor. Excels for fresh eating.
Excellent for fresh eating.
Relished by deer and various wildlife including all neighborhood children.
Annual winter pruning suggested for best structure/open canopy to increase light intensity and air flow for best fruit quality. Spray with a protection fungicide (Captan or Immunox) in spring to prevent primary apple scab. Three applications made from from the time the leaves first emerge until June 15th will help provide prevention.
Somewhat prone to apple scab if spring conditions are wet. Like all apples, this variety is prone to numerous insect/disease issues. Following a preventative spray program is suggested to obtain a quality fruit crop. Or grow the fruit in paper or plastic bags (organic).
This variety was introduced in 1936 from research done in British Columbia. It is a cross of ‘McIntosh’ x ‘Newtown Pippen’.
Spartan apple requires cross pollination with a crabapple or other apple variety in order to produce fruit.