The classic among cultivation systems

The spindle

Like every industry, the nursery sector is constantly evolving. New cultivation systems are produced, patented, and promise a higher cost-benefit factor, better yields, or higher quality. However, our nursery Vitafruit nursery, however, relies on tradition, as the tried and tested system, the spindelsustainably delivers the best result in all factors.

The spindle is the traditional cultivation system that we usually see in apple and pear orchards in the vast valley basins of South Tyrol. It consists of a single stem from which the various shoots then sprout and flourish. Consequently, a central shoot forms the fruit axis with strong branches whose length becomes shorter and shorter towards the top.

The advantages of the spindle 

What are the advantages of the spindle? Well, it has proven itself as a classic cultivation system for a good reason. And especially in a region like South Tyrol, where fruit growing with apples and pears has a long history, people know exactly why they rely on this tried and tested system.

The four primary factorsfactors that distinguish the spindle from other cultivation systems are:

  • The good, long-lasting constant yield.
  • Its longevity.
  • Very easy to work with.
  • It can be adjusted according to variety.
  • The cultivation system has proven itself over decades.

The spindle: long-lasting, high-yielding, coordinated, and proven cultivation system.

First of all, it is essential to emphasise its longevity: A spindle has a lifespan of 10 years on average but can easily reach 20 years. The fruit tree bears fruit as early as the second year and comes to its full size after three to four years. If the tree is well cared for, it can eventually yield 20-30 kilos of fruit per spindle.

Of course, these factors depend on the particular characteristics of the growing area. When establishing an orchard, sea level, fertility of the soil, the variety, and the growth habit have to be taken into account. So the numbers may vary, but the spindle, in particular, achieves these reliably even in deviating conditions.



Other fruits

Gala striped

The fruit

  • Size: medium, conical shape
  • Color: green-yellow background color, red stripes
  • Shape: conical shape tall
  • Flesh: yellow, juicy, medium sugar content, low in acidity

Gala blurred

The fruit

  • Size: medium, round conical shape
  • Color: green-yellow background color, deep red stripes
  • Shape: tall
  • Flesh: yellow, juicy, medium sugar content, low in acidity

Fuji washed-out type

The fruit

  • Size: large
  • Color: deep purple, washed-out red
  • Shape: round, evenly shaped
  • Flesh: sweet, crisp, very low in acidity

Fuji striped

The fruit

  • Size: medium to large
  • Color: striped, intense ruby red, even in shadowy areas
  • Shape: large, round and evenly shaped
  • Flesh: sweet, very low in acidity, juicy, crisp and finely textured


The fruit

  • Size: large to extra large
  • Color: green-yellow; when exposed to sunlight, skin may develop patches; color may then vary from bright to deep red
  • Shape: round, slightly flattened
  • Flesh: white, juicy, firm, low sugar content


The fruit

  • Size: medium to large
  • Colorintensiv dunkelrot
  • Shape: round, tall
  • Flesh: finely textured, crisp, juicy

Golden Delicious 

The fruit

  • Size: medium to large
  • Color: yellow, firm, juicy, sweet-sour
  • Shape: truncated, elongated
  • Flesh: green-yellow, yellow when ripe; sweet-sour, red patches possible

Granny Smith

The fruit

  • Size: medium to large
  • Color: deep green; when ripe, color may vary from bright green to yellow-green
  • Shape: round, tall
  • Flesh: white, firm, crisp, very juicy, high in acidity, medium sugar content

Red Delicious 

The fruit

  • Size: medium
  • Color: deep, shiny, washed-out red
  • Shape: tall, symmetrical
  • Flesh: juicy, crisp, firm


The fruit

  • Size: medium to large
  • Color: green-yellow, orange stripes
  • Shapetall, symmetrical
  • Flesh: white, crisp, juicy, well-balanced in terms of sugar content and acidity

Morgenduft Dallago

The fruit

  • Size: medium to large
  • Color: ddeep red; striped; large, bright lenticels
  • Shape: round, slightly flattened
  • Flesh: juicy; moderately sour

Bag 1,5 kg


1,5 kg

Bag 2 kg


2 kg



800g - 1 kg


B 15 / L 30 cm

1 Layer Carton 30 / 50


4 - 4,5 kg


B 30 / L 50 / H 10 cm

1 Layer Carton 40 / 60


ca. 6,5 - 7 kg


B 40 / L 60 / H 11 cm

2 Layer Carton 40 / 60


ca. 12 - 14 kg


B 40 / L 60 / H 18 cm

Maxpack Wooden Crate


13 -15 kg


B 30 / L 50 / H 27 cm

Fruitbox 30 / 50


13 -15 kg


B 30 / L 50 / H 27 cm

Bushel Carton


18 -20 kg


B 30 / L 50 / H 32 cm

Class I.

Pears in this class must be of good quality. They must be characteristic of the variety in terms of form, size and color. The flesh must be perfectly sound, and the skin free from rough russeting. Slight defects, however, may be allowed, provided these do not affect the general appearance of the produce, the quality and the keeping quality. The stalk may be slightly damaged. Pears must not be gritty.

Class II.

This class includes pears that do not qualify for inclusion in the higher classes but satisfy the minimum requirements. The flesh must be free from major defects. Defects may be allowed provided the pears retain their essential properties as regards the quality and the keeping quality. The stalk may be missing, the flesh is free from major defects.

60 - 65 mm

65 -70 mm

70 - 75 mm

75 - 80 mm

80 - 85 mm

85+ mm

Traypack Dimensions - are only used with packaging Bushel Carton zu Einsatz

TP 56

TP 64

TP 72

TP 80

TP 88

TP 100

TP 113

TP 125

TP 138

TP 150

TP 163

TP 175

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Gewerbezone Mitterling 2
39010 Gargazon (BZ)
South Tyrol / Italy


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