Clone Number; RM 986
Origin;RSA< ARC, Infruitec
Royalties/ Levies; ZAR 2.94
Fruit use; fresh,
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; December, Packham's Triumph
Size and shape; 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
General notes; leaves and fruits must be thinned for optimal colour and fruit size.