Cultivar;Early Bon chrétien
Clone Number; unknown
Royalties/ Levies; not enough data
Yield; medium to high
Fruit use; fresh, canning, drying
Water requirements; roughly 158080 litres per hectare per year
Sun requirements; full sun, 6 to 8 hours at least
Chill hours; 600 hours
Pruning; best done at end of winter, remove any branches that are facing downwards, as well as any branches that are at an angle of 60 degrees or more to the trunk. Removing dead/diseased branches as well as those branches that are hogging sunlight/ overcrowding the tree is also recommended. Never remove more than 25% of the tree in any one season.
soil requirements; fertile, loam or sandy soils with pH ranging from 6 to 7 is optimum
Soil depth; at least 50cm
Fertiliser requirements; Nitrogen and Potassium are recommended for good leaf, flower and fruit growth, phosphorous promotes healthy root systems, Calcium, Magnesium, Manganese, Boron, and zinc aid in bud and fruit set.
Pollination requirements; pollenizer needed
Successful test-crosses; Forelle
Harvest time;December/ January
Size and shape; semi upright
Tree age; starts fruiting well in it's 3rd to 6th year
Average life span; can live between 35 to 50 years depending on the rootstock used.
Susceptibility to pests and diseases; normal, can have signs of blister bark