I would like to purchase a Honeycrisp apple for my home in Delano, MN. I have...

Asked April 21, 2014, 2:29 PM EDT

I would like to purchase a Honeycrisp apple for my home in Delano, MN. I have seen dwarf, semi-dwarf, and standard trees at nurseries. I have also read that dwarft trees need to be permanently staked because the roots are brittle and teh tree may break or topple over. Which size is the hardiest? What else should I think about to make a good choice?

Wright County Minnesota

1 Response

Generally speaking, standard trees are more hardy than those on dwarf or semi-dwarf rootstocks. However, most growers prefer trees on dwarfing stock because they are easier to manage. Many of these perform very well in Minnesota. The following website describes the dwarfing rootstocks commonly used here. Not all of them require staking.

Apple Rootstock Options
http://www.extension.umn.edu/garden/yard-garden/fruit/apples-and-pears-in-minnesota-home-gardens/#apple-rootstock