Plot - Herkomst Appel 2


This plot is in Geldermalsen at the Fruit Tech Campus.

Parcel North

Row: 1 - 3

This orchard plot is dedicated to cultivating a beloved Elstar apple tree. The plot employs sustainable farming practices, including the use of organic fertilizers and environmentally friendly pest control methods.


  • Planting date: The trees in this plot were planted in early spring of 2021.
  • Layout: The plot is designed with adequate spacing between trees, ensuring each tree receives ample sunlight and air circulation. This arrangement promotes healthy growth and reduces the risk of disease.


  • Soil Type: The plot has well-drained, fertile soil, ideal for fruit tree cultivation. The soil pH is maintained between 6.0 and 7.0 to optimize nutrient availability.
  • Location: Positioned in a sunny area, the plot ensures that the trees receive at least 6-8 hours of direct sunlight daily, which is crucial for fruit development.


  • Irrigation System: The plot is equipped with a drip irrigation system that provides consistent and efficient water delivery directly to the root zones of the trees.
  • Watering schedule: Young trees are watered more frequently to establish strong root systems. Mature trees are watered deeply and less frequently to encourage deep root growth and improve drought resistance.

Pruning and maintenance

  • Pruning schedule: Trees in the plot are pruned annually in late winter or early spring. Pruning involves removing dead, damaged, or diseased branches and thinning the canopy to improve air circulation.
  • Maintenance: Regular maintenance includes mulching to retain soil moisture and control weeds, as well as periodic soil testing to monitor nutrient levels.


  • Preventive measures: The plot follows integrated pest management (IPM) practices. Biological control agents and pheromone traps are used to manage common pests such as codling moths.
  • Health monitoring: Regular inspections are conducted to detect early signs of disease or pest infestation. Timely interventions help maintain the health and productivity of the trees.

Harvesting and storage

  • Harvest time: The fruit is typically harvested in late autumn when it reaches full ripeness. Each variety has a specific harvest window to ensure optimal flavor and texture.
  • Storage facilities: After harvesting, the fruit is stored in a temperature-controlled facility to extend its shelf life. Proper storage conditions help preserve the quality and freshness of the fruit.