Cultivar; Autumn Crunch
Clone Number; ZM 276
Royalties/ Levies; ZAR 7.22 R460/1000 trees yr 3. R920/1000trees yr 4+
Yield; good, 20kg/ tree
Fruit use; canning and fresh
Shelf-life; not enough data
Water requirements; 36 inches of water per tree per year or about 1508760mm per hectare
Sun requirements; full sun (at least 6-8 hours daily). Morning sun is best as it helps dry out the cold morning dew
Chill hours; 400 to 600 hours
Pruning; Prune to keep the tree short, and ensure that the branches don't block out sunlight for the rest of the tree.
soil requirements; deep,sandy clay (if it can be amended to drain well) or loam soil with a pH of about 6.5 is best.
Soil depth; 30cm deep at least, loose soil is recommended
Fertiliser requirements; 10-10-10 fertiliser can be sprinkled around the base at a distance of 21cm from the trunk
Pollination requirements; self-fertile
Successful test-crosses; not necessary
Bloom time; August/September
Harvest time; February
Size and shape; semi spreading
Tree age; will start to fruit at 2 to 4 years, but will only produce significantly once they mature to 4 years.
Average life span; approximately 20 years (maximum) depending on the rootstock used.
Susceptibility to pests and diseases; normal
general notes; suitable for canning and fresh.