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Are honeycrisp apple trees self fruitful or not? And can they bear apples in a year?
A quick search of the Internet indicates that Honeycrisp is a self-fertile apple.
It should bear in approximately 12 months. This apple is a hardy, highly prolific variety that has become one of the most popular apple varieties in the United States.
"Self fertile" just means that the fruit is naturally able to produce seeds without the need for pollination from another apple. But you still need to pollinate to produce any apples.
I think the reason that many growers say it is self fertile is because you often hear things like, "This is the biggest apple I've ever picked" or "This is the best apple I've ever picked." The more you pick the more apples you'll get. But if you let this continue you may get a fruit that is too big for your tree to handle. So by that measure, you can say that Honeycrisp apples have more fruit than others.
I'm thinking this one is really close to picking maturity.
This is a good apple.
But I would not have called these apples "self fertile".
If I were growing this fruit tree I would wait until it has a ton of apples (but not too many so that the trees health is affected). Then I would take a pollinator to see if I had any apples in September.
If I had apples in September I would then go out and check the fruit every day through October. It is very common for Honeycrisp to have a fruit set in the fall.
I am not sure if a non pollinated tree will produce more apples at all. It seems to be a lot of guess work when it comes to apples.
As it has been said, "you can pollinate" but you cannot tell the difference between apples from apples that were pollinated.
This is not a new question but I cannot find any specific answer anywhere. Maybe in the comments section of apple question on SE.
This question is a great guide on Apple pollination. There is a section on different flowers and what pollinators have to do.
In short, if you cannot tell whether apples were pollinated or not. It will work out fine for you.
From my personal experience I would like to give the Honey Crisp more credit. The trees I have seen are not only good at fruiting but are also vigorous trees that seem to keep on flowering throughout the winter and the spring. My trees are in a protected environment so this isn't necessarily what is normal for this variety. It should be noted that they will usually set the fruit the first year they have fully fruited and pollinated. However, I would expect the trees that have been pollinated once to be as prolific as those that have been pollinated for multiple years as well.
While the original poster is quite correct to give the Honey Crisp the blame, I would argue that the fault lies more with the person buying a tree that has been exposed to sunlight than with the variety itself. As far as I know, there is no way to control whether or not a tree will produce an apple. So, there is no way to know whether or not a tree has been pollinated. But what happens to the trees that have been pollinated multiple times is interesting.
There are two distinct ways that trees can produce fruit. They can produce seed and they can produce flowers that then produce seed. If the apple is seed bearing then they have been pollinated at least once. If the apple is tree bearing they have been pollinated multiple times. It is interesting to note that apples that are grown from seed will not bloom as well as those that have been tree borne. I found this article to be interesting on the subject.
While in many places apples can be planted directly into the ground, or pruned to the ground, here at The Apple Cafe, the trees are protected in pots, allowing the trees to remain relatively undisturbed and to receive the sunlight necessary for healthy growth.
“Because we have had apple trees at The Apple Cafe for over 30 years, we are still able to get our trees to bloom and set fruit year after year,” said Mr. Baughman, who notes that apples trees will generally require multiple pollination in order to set fruit, unlike other types of trees and shrubs, and will take at least a few years to fruit.
I do have to give Mr. Baughman credit for the tree in his yard that has been there the longest, over thirty years. He still has a tree bearing apples. He does not have enough room in his yard for a whole orchard, which is why we have a lot of trees and bushes planted in pots. We have so many plants because we simply do not have enough room in our yard.
My mother was a farmer and she would tell me as a child that the apple trees would start to produce fruit when the buds begin to push through the ground. This meant that you could plant your apple trees anywhere, as long as there was open space. They just need sunlight and the ability to root.
When I started thinking about whether or not it would be possible to harvest apples from the bushes and trees at the cafe, I knew that one day I would try and start some kind of a business. However, it took a long time to decide to do this. I wanted to do this for more than ten years before I finally did.
What we have done at the cafe is to try and grow some fruit that we can sell. This is not a commercial orchards or tree farm that is producing hundreds of fruit each year. This is more like a small farm where we grow some fruit for our personal use, but also to sell at farmers markets.We have also planted a variety of fruit trees that we hope to eventually have producing fruit all year long, if we keep them alive long enough. We have planted over 30 apple trees, and about 15 apple bushes at the moment.
Each year we have planted a new variety of apple trees and some apple bushes. What we want to do is find varieties of apples that are very popular in the area. We also want to try and find varieties