Hello all! I live in Zone 8 and planted a Honeycrisp tree and a couple Fuji trees this spring (they all had a couple apples and flowers on them). This winter I noticed that both my Fujis have fruit buds fir next year but the Honeycrisp is bare. What did I do wrong? Without flowers on my Honeycrisp my Fujis won't be able to cross polinate!! TIA!!!
Hi! Honeycrisps have a very high chill hours requirement, as they were bred to survive the bitter cold. I'm in zone 7b and have had a Honeycrisp for three years and mine hasn't blossomed yet.
I'm guessing yours probably met the chill requirement at the nursery where it was originally grown, probably up north ,so it was fruiting when you got it, but in the hotter climate it's not setting fruit buds.
I'm hoping mine may fruit when it's older, but it may not, should be interesting to see!
My honeycrisp is at least 5 yrs old. I potted it for espallier, but I did not want to train it until it showed signs of fruiting.
Western washington here, and it does not get very cold in winter. That might be the problem, but..
Am I wrong in thinking they graft a fruiting variety on to a base tree, and the actual fruit you buy and eat is genetically set to never produce? This seed did come from a supermarket apple.
I am getting suspicious.
The plants create fruiting buds in late spring. It is possible that your plants made the executive decision to invest all resources in 2019 to promote root growth to establish a firm foundation. I can't say I would blame the plants for that, being transplanted is stressful. In fact alot of folks will say that when you transplant a tree pick off any blossom or fruits that you see to help the plants better establish itself.
It is also possible the there wasn't enough fruit promoting minerals in the soil. Or in a similar fashion there was too much leaf(nitrogen) growth promoting mineral in the soil
Apples are usually not self-fertile, so they don't come true to seed.
While the 'mom' was a honeycrips, the pollen donor is most likely a crabapple (different species but same Malus genus). The offspring of both can fruit but usually closer to a crabapple flavor profile. I also find that the seeds that produce shrubby looking plants like the ones you have pictured then to never bear and I call them 'male-sterile plants. But it has only been 5years and seed grown fruit tree take quite awhile to fruit unlike ones from the nursery that comes leaved out and already fruiting.
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