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Honeycrisp Apple tree

Owner: Joey

Location:  Cabins, WEST VIRGINIA, United States

Age:Planted in about
Rootstock:Elma 7
Climate at this location:slightly south sloping, well drained loamy soil
Pruning:Yearly in late winter/ early spring before bud break
Tree form:Bush (wider at top than bottom)
Height:Between 6ft / 2m and 15ft / 4m
Cropping:Light crops
Growth:This tree grows easily here
Local pests:Apple scab

Owner's comments

My orchard is in its own microclimate, so Im very fortunate not to have many pests at all. I might spray once every three years or so. The major problem I have is with peach leaf curl. So nothing to terribly bad. Its on a slightly south facing slope and has very well drained loamy soil. Im in Zone 5b in the Eastern Panhoandle of West Virginia, USA. There are about 130 fruit trees, all semi drawf. I have apples, peaches, plums, pears and cherries. The apple varieties are Red Delicious, Golden Delicious, Winesap, Liberty, Gala, MacIntosh, Grimes Golden, Honey Crisp, Zestar and Snow Sweet. Peaches are all Contender, pears are Ayers and Moonglow, plums are are Alderman and Superior, and the cherries are Lapins and Montmorency. Its a good mix and most are just beginning to bear. My overall plan is to make a business dehydrating the fruit. And marketing them as a healthy snack.