Snapp Stayman apples are one of the most loved apple varieties today. These delicious dual-purpose apples have a sweet-tangy flavor and a crispy texture that makes them ideal for cooking, snacking, or making juice or cider. These attractive apples have a globe-like shape with a bright shiny skin and creamy white flesh inside. If you’re looking to add apple trees to your garden or orchard, Snapp Stayman are the perfect choice! Read on to learn more about this apple cultivar.
About Snapp Stayman Apples
Stayman apples were developed by horticulturist Joseph Stayman in Kansas near the end of the Civil War. But, the Snapp cultivar of Stayman apples was discovered in the Winchester, Virginia in the orchard of Richard Snapp. These apples are considered to be descended from Winesap and have much of the same qualities with a few of its own. Snapp Stayman apple trees are semi-dwarf trees. They reach a mature height of about 12 to 18 feet (4 to 6 m) and a spread of 8 to 15 feet (2 to 3 m). These trees perform well in northern climates and are suitable for growing in USDA plant hardiness zones 4 through 8. However, they need at least six to eight hours of sunlight per day.
Growing Snapp Stayman Apples
Proper care for Snapp Stayman trees begins right from planting time. These trees produce sterile pollen and hence, need two different trees near them to ensure pollination. Jonathon or red or Yellow Delicious apple trees are good candidates for pollination. The first thing to do is to plant these trees in moderately rich, well-drained soil. Don’t use rocky, clay, or sandy soil. Even if your soil is poor or doesn’t drain that well. You can improve its conditions by digging in generous amounts of compost, shredded leaves, or other organic materials. But, you need to dig in at a depth of at least12 to 18 inches (30 – 45 cm).
Snapp Stayman trees need to be watered deeply every week to 10 days during warm, dry weather. The best way to irrigate them is to water the base of the tree by allowing a hose to drip around the root zone for about 30 minutes or use a drip system. These apples are relatively drought-tolerant once established. So, normal rainfall usually provides enough moisture after the first year. Also, ensure to never overwater these apple trees. For these trees, slightly dry soil is better than having soggy, waterlogged conditions.
When the tree begins to produce fruit, usually after two to four years, feed them all-purpose fertilizer. However, don’t fertilize them at planting time and never fertilize them after July. Feeding trees late in the season produces tender new growth which is easily susceptible to damage by frost.
Every year, after the tree finishes producing fruit for the current season, prune it properly. Also, thin excess fruit so that the fruits are healthier and better-tasting. Thinning also prevents breakage cause by the weight of the fruits.