Problems With Growing Honeycrisp Apples

Updated February 21, 2017

Honeycrisp apple trees remain susceptible to the same problems most apple trees experience. The honeycrisp's large yellow and red fruits ripen early in the season, producing excellent flavour and a crunch that makes the work of growing them worth the effort.

Pests and Disease

Like most apples, honeycrisp can suffer from pests and diseases that limit fruit production or kill the tree. Aphids, mites and scale insects often attack apple trees. Consider using horticultural oil to suffocate the insects. Fungus may also attack the tree, making a fungicide spray to control the problem necessary.


The weak structure of the honeycrisp makes it a challenging tree to grow since branches easily break off. The tree tends to bear fruit biennially with apples produced every other year instead of yearly. For gardeners who want a yearly crop, other types of apple trees may work better.


Honeycrisp apples produce quality fruit in areas that experience mild to warm summers. In regions where hot weather is the norm, the trees produce poor fruit quality. Honeycrisp grows best in U.S. Department of Agriculture hardiness zones 3 to 9.


You'll need space in your garden or landscape to grow a honeycrisp apple tree along with another variety of apple tree. Honeycrisp requires cross-pollination with the other apple tree to set fruit.

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