|Pink Lady apples|
The apple shape is ellipsoid, it has a distinctive blush mixed with a green "background", and taste is tart. 'Cripps Pink' requires a long, 200-day growth period and a hot climate, making them difficult to grow in more temperate latitudes or climates subjected to early winter freezes.
They are principally grown in Australia, but are also grown in New Zealand, Chile, Canada, Argentina, South Africa, Uruguay, Brazil, Japan, Italy, Spain, France, Serbia, Israel and in the United States since the late 1990s.
In the United Kingdom, the Pink Lady brand has increased in popularity in the 20 years since the first shipment of apples from Australia. In 2012, for the first time, Pink Lady brand apples replaced 'Granny Smith' apples from the number three spot by value in the United Kingdom.
Pink Lady brand apples must meet certain trade mark quality specifications. Criteria for the
|Pink lady apples growing|
'Cripps Pink' apples are the earliest to blossom (late March/early April in the Northern Hemisphere and late September/early October in the Southern Hemisphere), and some of the last to be harvested (end of October/early November in the Northern Hemisphere and late April/early May for the Southern Hemisphere). It is the significant change in temperature between night and day in the autumn that gives the apples their coloring. However, they must also be well exposed. Therefore, the trees must be carefully pruned and their fruit production well managed.
Several natural occurring mutations of the 'Cripps Pink' cultivar have been discovered, many of which have either achieved registration, or are seeking registration of plant breeders’ rights or Plant Patents in multiple countries.
* The high-colored variety 'Rosy Glow' is a spontaneous single limb mutation of 'Cripps Pink'
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* The 'Lady in Red' cultivar is a chance limb mutation of 'Cripps Pink' discovered in Hawkes Bay, New Zealand in 1996. 'Lady in Red' colors earlier and exhibits more intense colouring over a greater percentage of the fruit surface than 'Cripps Pink'.
* 'PLMAS98' (known as Maslin) is a limb sport mutation of 'Cripps Pink' and was discovered in 1999 in Manjimup, Western Australia. It is considered distinct from 'Cripps Pink' due to its early maturity – fruit is mature and ready for harvest at least 15 days earlier than fruit of 'Cripps Pink'.
* 'Ruby Pink' was discovered in May 1999 in Main Ridge, Victoria, Australia as a limb sport growing among a uniform block of 'Cripps Pink'. The variety is distinguished by the following unique combination of characteristics: the fruit is uniformly ellipsoid, as compared to the symmetrical ellipsoid shape of 'Cripps Pink'; the fruit has a higher percentage of red color than 'Cripps Pink'; the fruit matures later than 'Cripps Pink'; and the fruit has a higher firmness rating than 'Cripps Pink'.
* 'PLBAR B1' was discovered during the 1999-2000 growing season in Pemberton, Western Australia. It originated as a limb sport mutation of 'Cripps Pink' and is noted for its exceptional color and early maturity as compared to 'Cripps Pink'. Fruit of the new variety is mature and ready for harvest about 14 to 18 days earlier than fruit of 'Cripps Pink'.
* 'PLFOG99' (known as Pink Belle) was discovered in late 1999/early 2000 in Kirup, Western Australia and is a chance limb mutation/sport of 'Cripps Pink'. The limb was observed to produce fruit up to two weeks earlier, and the tree exhibits a more compact growth habit than 'Cripps Pink'.
* 'Lady Laura' is a spontaneous limb sport mutation of 'Cripps Pink' discovered in Borenore, New South Wales, Australia. It is distinguished from other apple varieties by the amount and intensity of over color of the fruit, and the earlier coloration of fruit in comparison to 'Cripps Pink'.
Rosy Glow and Lady in Red have been accepted by APAL and Pink Lady America (following careful consideration) into the Pink Lady business model, allowing fruit of the improved variety, which meets the Pink Lady quality criteria, to be sold as Pink Lady brand apples. In general, the improved selections produce apples with a larger area of blush. The benefit of higher color is the potential of higher packouts, and better fruit color in hotter growing areas. The earlier-maturing strains also allow growing regions to expand, as crops can be grown without fear of losing the crop to winter freeze. Pink Lady America has also accepted the early clones listed as PLMAS98 (Maslin) and PLBAR B1 (Barnsby) as well as Ruby Pink and PLFOG99 into their business model for the Pink Lady brand.