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Honeycrisp Apple
 

Keepsake x MN1627 (offspring of Duchess of Oldenburg and Golden Delicious)

University of Minnesota #MN1711, released in 1991.

 

Grafted 2011 -- #1 on Antonovka rootstock inside orchard.  (+Valentine graft)

 

#2 on wild sapling by outhouse

 

grafted Honeycrisp tree    

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CowGate
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Frostbite
Golden Russet
Goodland
Gray Pearmain

Haralson

 
 

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Honeycrisp
Lilli
Mr C
Norkent
Nutting
Post Office
Prairie Spy
Smokehouse

Splitter

Starkey
SweetCow
Sweet Sixteen
Tater House
Tolman
Trailman
Valentine
Wolfe
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An interesting apple with such varied reports on fruit quality. Having purchased some really delicious Honeycrisps and some really blah Honeycrisps I decided to go ahead and grow my own. Though I have since moved away from varieties with such common parentage this one did sound like it was hardy and, in spite of all the hype, possibly a good apple. Having grafted it onto two such different rootstocks and location it will be interesting to see how they compare as they grow and fruit (which they are both taking their good time at doing!).



2022 - #1 - Cut off two low side branches. Doing OK, no blossoms yet. Valentine looking good.

#2 - Cut off large diameter se limb plus 2 top branches, plus minor pruning. Getting towards a better overall shape. Gray Pearmain and Nutting grafts slow but OK. No blossoms yet.


2021 - #1 - Looking good. Valentine growing nicely, too, catching up with HC branches.

#2 - Doing fine, thinned some, took top tier off, looks good. Maybe fruit buds? Late to go dormant as usual.


2019 - #1 - Moderate growth on tree. Grafted Valentine on inner shoot of smaller branch. Plan to let it be 1/4 of tree, 3/4 Honeycrisp. Leave as is to be four main wide growing limbs, pruning up and out (don't grow a new central leader).

#2 - Looking good. Leaves nice green and healthy, in contrast to rough leaves of #1.


2018 - #1 - Thin but good growth 8-13". Leaves continue rough looking.

#2 - Good, healthy, mod growth. Last to go dormant. Maybe fruit spurs?? Other grafts slow but doing fine.


2017 - #1 - Caught trimmer in line tying branch down; snapped top half off tree above 4 lowest branches (July 20). Leaves rough, blighted (wet year) but doing OK.

#2 - Good growth, healthy green leaves, some blight/holes but better than inside fence tree #1.


2016 - #1 - Not growing up, side shoots longer than center. Pruned them all back a lot to encourage leader. Very rough looking leaves but good growth. Has a leader (barely, sides still want to outgrow it). Grew well, looks better.

#2 - Little pruning except for damage/crossed, etc. Looking good overall but leaves rather rough & small this year. Grafted Nutting to lowest south chunky original branch. In fall cut down close Wild Black Cherry tree, also some trees east of it -- should be more sun now.


2015 - #1 - Looking good.     #2 - Pruned for shape and some thinning, nice, doing nicely.


2014 - #1 - Pruned off several lower branches, doing well, leaves blightly but held up OK

#2 - Thinned out top a little. Spread some limbs. good growth.


2013 - #1 - Growing fine.     #2 - Growing fine. grafted Gray Pearmain onto lower east branch.


2012 - #1 and #2 - both growing fine.    


2011 - Fedco scion. Grafted onto (#1) an older Fedco Antonovka rootstock (died Red St Lawrence, planted 2005), transplanted from outside to inside fence east of Dudley.  (#2) on a vigorous wild sapling by outhouse, top grafted.



Online Notes: Winter. Medium-large fruit, mottled and striped red over yellow. Cream-colored flesh is sweet and juicy with hard snapping-crisp texture. Mild aroma and subacid flavor are top quality in September and improve steadily in storage. Unusual because it ripens in early fall yet keeps up to seven months in the root cellar. Tends towards annual bearing. Relatively small low-vigor upright spreading tree. Above-avg scab resistance. Z3-5
 


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