Honeycrisp apples are a trademarked tree developed for home orchard use in 1960 by the University of Minnesota. It is a hybrid of the Macoun and Honeygold apples, and has a red and green mottled skin. They have a noticeably crisp texture when bitten into are juicy and have a long shelf life. The apples ripen for harvest in early to mid fall with later harvest producing more aromatic fruit than earlier. They are moderate water consumers and should be kept consistently moist in the summer months.
Water young Honeycrisp apple trees under three years of age weekly so that the soil is always moist to lightly moist and is never allowed to dry out between waterings. Do not, however, keep the soil saturated or sopping wet as this will block oxygen movement and suffocate the tree roots.
Water mature Honeycrisp trees with an inch of water every 5 to 7 days and do not exceed three weeks without watering to prevent severe drought stress and permanent damage from occurring.
Irrigate consistently each summer while fruits are ripening and ambient temperatures are high. Keep the soil evenly moist at all times, never allowing the soil to become below an inch of the top soil. To maintain this soil moisture, you may need to increase irrigation to every 3 to 4 days or more frequently depending on the climate.