Honey Crisp Apple Tree

Asked April 26, 2016, 6:43 PM EDT

May I purchase a Honey Crips Apple tree to plan in my yard? If so, where? What type of tree should I have to be able to pollinate it to produce apples? How far away should the other tree be? How many years does it take to produce apples? Thank you.

Carver County Minnesota apples

1 Response

They can be found at many nurseries and garden stores this time of year.
Honeycrisp blooms in mid-season and must be pollinated by another mid-season blooming apple tree. Each type of apple tree has a short bloom time in the spring in which the tree must be pollinated, usually by bees. This bloom time lasts about a week for each different type of apple tree. But not all apple trees bloom at the same time. Almost all apple trees bloom within a three- to four-week period in the spring. When your tree is pollinated, you must have another type of apple tree within 500 feet that blooms the same week(s) yours does. So apple trees have been divided into three time frames: early season, mid-season, and late season. Some kinds of apple trees that also bloom mid-season and will pollinate your Honeycrisp are Cortland, Regent, Red Haralson, Haralred, Honeygold, Fireside, Sweet Sixteen and most flowering crabs. It may take eight to 7 years for an apple tree to bloom and then fruit. Most of the above varieties fall into that category. Sweet Sixteen, a good, sweet-eating apple, takes longer. For further information on apples for Minnesota, see "http://www.extension.umn.edu/distribution/horticulture/DG1111.html"; For more on Honeycrisp, see "http://www.extension.umn.edu/distribution/horticulture/components/5877_01.html";