How to Plant Honeycrisp

Overview

Honeycrisp is a trademark name of an apple cultivar created by the University of Minnesota in the early 1960s. Honeycrisp is known for its thin skin, juiciness and storage life of up to six months if refrigerated. The honeycrisp apple tree grows to about 20 feet tall USDA hardiness zones 3 through 8. The tree will bloom in mid-spring and produce fruit for harvesting in September around its fifth year in the ground.

Step 1

Select a full sun location that drains well so the roots will not be exposed to standing water. Plant away from taller trees and buildings that could block sunlight and air circulation. Planting can occur anytime from fall to spring while the tree is dormant and when the ground is workable (not frozen).

Step 2

Dig the hole two to three times as wide and twice as deep as the root ball. In heavy clay soils, work 50 percent organic matter such as commercial compost, home-grown compost or leaf mold in with dirt to return to the bottom of the hole.

Step 3

Place the tree so that the graft is about 2 inches above ground level, adding more dirt to the bottom if necessary. If the tree is wrapped with burlap, pull the burlap down to expose the top half of the root ball when the hole is backfilled halfway. If the tree is potted, spread the roots before backfilling. Press the soil down as you backfill the hole.

Step 4

Water thoroughly about every two weeks during the first year if there is no saturating rain.

Things You'll Need

  • Shovel
  • Organic matter (optional)

References

  • About Honeycrisp
  • Growing Apple Trees in the Home Garden
  • Honeycrisp Apple
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