Honeycrisp Apple

Growing Honeycrisp Apples - Plant Profile


Honeycrisp Apples were developed at the University of Minnesota from the 1960s into the early 90s . It is prized by commercial growers for its shelf life, color retention, firmness and flavor. One advantageous result of its breeding is that it has larger membranes that rupture when bitten into and fill the mouth with a tartly sweet juice.

Another objective of the lengthy breeding program that yielded the Honeycrisp apple was to develop cultivars that could withstand extremes of cold, which Honeycrisp does, but it is not very heat tolerant.




Zones: 3-6

Soil: Loamy - Well Drained

pH Level: 6.0 - 7.0

Light: Full Sun

Pollinator Needed

Bloom Color: White

Fruit Color: Red

Fruit Size: Medium - Large

Ripens/Harvest:Early September

Maturity [Years to bare Fruit]: 2 - 5

Taste & Texture: Crisp Overly Sweet And Juicy

Fruit Gardener's Bible - ISBN-13: 978-1603425674


Honeycrisp apples are difficult to get established, not very easy to grow, especially for small scale or home growers. Anticipate 3 years minimum, but up to 5 years total before your trees begin to yield any fruit. They are also biennial - which means they will bare little or no fruit every other season.

Semi Dwarf varieties will reach no more than 15 ft. in height with an equal spread Dwarf varieties will reach a top height of roughly 10 feet tall with a slightly lower girth.




Honeycrisp apples are not self pollinating. In order to bare fruit it must be pollinated by another variety. A similar variety is always best. Grafted Trees are also available, with two or more varieties grafted together on one stock to ensure adequate pollination.

Trees grown from Honeycrisp seeds will be hybrids of Honeycrisp and the pollenizer.





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