20/09: New seed harvest nearly all in, plug plant delivery 1-2 weeks. Now accepting orders for bare root plants for delivery from November. £50 minimum order.

Apple tree - Bloody Ploughman
Apple Tree - Bloody Ploughman

Apple Tree - Bloody Ploughman

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Apple Tree - Bloody Ploughman

Origin: Gowrie, Scotland, 19th century
Apple Taste: Sweet, light
Type: Dessert
Flowering Group : 4
Rootstock: M106
Size : Bush
Harvest: September
Vigour : Strong

Bloody Ploughman has very red heavily ribbed fruit. It is reputed to have earned its name from a ploughman who was caught stealing apples on the Megginch estate and was shot by the gamekeeper. His wife got the bag of apples and threw them on the compost heap where a seedling then grew and - voila - Bloody Ploughman. The apple produces a unique pink juice. There's a still an orchard at Megginch Castle where - curiously - the owners also now grow tea. The Carse of Gowrie, where the castle is, has rich fertile land, a southerly aspect and - at least by Scottish standards - low rainfall.

We are currently offering 2 - 3 year old plants. 

Supplier : R.V. Roger Ltd.
We donate half of our profit on sales of Bloody Ploughman apple trees to Common Ground

See our section on Pollination Groups to help you select your apple trees.
The rootstock for all our apple trees, including Bloody Ploughman, is the most vigorous available. We try to offer as many apple varieties as we can on M25 rootstock, which will produce the standard trees of a traditional orchard, where they would be planted between 6 and 8 metres apart. M106 is ideal for a garden apple tree. Please refer to our size guide for details.
All our apple trees are bare root. At the height of the lifting season there may be up to a month's delay between placing the order and dispatching due to pressure of orders, which are dealt with in date sequence, and the weather. Orders for apple trees taken from March to September are confirmed in September ready for dispatch from November. Please note there is an overall minimum order size of £50.