[NAFEX] Growing Honeycrisp apples in warmer climate
marillen at earthlink.net
Mon Oct 1 19:44:20 EDT 2007
It's not supposed to work, but I've grown some of the best Honeycrisps I've ever eaten in hot, humid North Carolina (Zone 8). It was hardly a controlled experiment, because I only had one tree (hurricane blew it down & my new one hasn't fruited yet) but the fruit was just as crisp and perhaps sweeter than any I've purchased from anywhere.
I read that Honeycrisp translocates calcium poorly, so I babied those fruit by foliar feeding the tree and its young apples every other week with calcium acetate sprays. I stopped about two weeks before ripening. Maybe that helped. I really don't know. All I know is that everyone I gave Honeycrisp apples to from that tree exclaimed about their crispness and quality and Piedmont North Carolina is not generally considered Honeycrisp territory.
Best of luck.
Zone 8 (82 degrees F today)
>From: "Richard J.Ossolinski" <ossoeo at verizon.net>
>Sent: Sep 29, 2007 2:13 PM
>To: North American Fruit Explorers <nafex at lists.ibiblio.org>
>Subject: Re: [NAFEX] Growing Honeycrisp apples in warmer climate
>Excellent apple as grown here in coastal ME, Zone 5.
>On Sep 29, 2007, at 12:14 PM, Deb Schneider wrote:
>> I am thinking of trying to grow Honeycrisp in SE Ohio (zone 5 or 6
>> depending on the map). I know it was developed for Minnesota
>> climate...anyone having success growing it in warmer climes? Do the
>> apples get the same crispness and flavor?
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