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James Grieve
Cooking and Desert Apple


Taste Sharp in September, sweet by October. Extremely juicy.

Skin Texture Thin

Flesh Whitey yellow, crisp and good apple scent 

Apple size Medium to large


Flower period Middle season

Pollination Group 2

Vigour Medium

Crop Yield High

Eating time September to October

Tree Shape Upright then spreads


GardenAction recommends the James Grieve apple tree for two reasons - it's particularly suitable for cooler areas (apples may drop prematurely in warmer areas), and it also has a very refreshing taste. If picked in September it makes a great cooking apple which retains its shape in pies. Leave it on the tree until it is fully ripe in October and that acid taste disappears. It then makes a refreshing sweet eating apple with a nice tang to it.

No real problems with diseases, and particularly easy to maintain. Handle the fruit with care when picked because James Grieve bruises easily. It originated from Scotland in 1893. Another good variety for apple juice when picked in October.

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Name: Angela Wilkie
Date posted: August 27, 2011 - 10:37 am
Message: Hi there , just moved into hnew home and inherited a James Grieve tree. Is there any way this tree can be contained in size as it is a big garden, without ruining the crop?

Name: Tom Walker
Date posted: August 24, 2011 - 02:42 pm
Message: Why does my James Grieve produce lots of apples one year, and not many another year, is it to do with watering, or rainfall. I have just the one tree. Answers welcome.

Name: Ken Dickson
Date posted: September 06, 2010 - 08:27 am
Message: I erroneously made my e-mail address private on my last message. Any responses to my last message will be most welcome.

Name: Ken Dickson
E-mail: Private
Date posted: September 06, 2010 - 08:25 am
Message: Our James Grieve apple tree branches have sagged and bent over, like they did last year, probably because of the weight of the apples. Three branches from the same junction point have broken off. Apart from lessening the load by removing apples is there any other solution to this. There has always been an abundance of fruit from this tree even allowing for the tree shedding the smaller apples by itself.

Name: leonard paul
Date posted: August 03, 2010 - 12:08 pm
Message: i have a jamie grieve variety apple tree it is 2 yrs old but this year a lot of the leaves have gone brown can u help me