Ann Torrence wrote: What size tree does the package say it will be, dwarf or semi-dwarf?
Miles Flansburg wrote:Not sure if this is it but my tree would have loads of fruit and the branches would all go from being straight to curving to the ground. After a couple of years of this it looked more like an umbrella frame.
This new variety is also characterized by a moderately vigorous tree with a slightly upright growth habit. Trees bear fruit annually and do not require chemical or hand thinning. The variety has been hardy in the field at the above-noted location at Excelsior, Minn. with trees showing little winter injury and bearing fruit annually. Laboratory freezing tests of 1-year old wood conducted in December 1986 and January 1988 compared Honeycrisp to other common varieties for cold hardiness (Chart B). Honeycrisp showed less freezing damage than regent, Honeygold and Haralson in the December 1986 test and in similar tests in January 1988 Honeycrisp showed less injury than McIntosh and Honeygold, but more injury than Regent and Harlson.
Ken W Wilson wrote:Russell, are the leaves kind of folded over and kind of white and fuzzy in the fold. Spider mites are the only leaf insect problems. Fire blight is the main disease problem here.
Alice, that yellow apples sounds like a Lodi I had many years ago. Is it an early apple? I know there must be other kinds that fit that description, but it made me remember the Lodi instantly. They were really good for cooking before they're soft and ripe.
Nicole Alderman wrote:
Is there a way to prune or help the tree to get stronger limbs? I have another tree (Gravenstein) that also has pretty droopy branches, and I'd like to prevent that with this tree if I can!
John Polk wrote:I find it hard to believe that the Honeycrisp (TM) is considered 'weak growth'.
The UMinn spent a lot of time developing that tree for their brutal winters.
Here in Washington, as older orchards are being upgraded, Honeycrisp is quite often the choice...
...they sell for at least 2X what other types do in the market here.
I cannot imagine that commercial orchards would waste their time (&$) on a weak growth tree.
I would be willing to bet that that reputation is based on the choice of rootstock.
Some root stocks do poorly on certain soils, or in certain weather situations.
This poor reputation is probably the result of people using the wrong rootstock for their site.
The Honeycrisp is my favorite eating apple - the perfect balance of Sweet/Tart, plus a wonderful crispness.
Fantastic apple in my opinion.