If you’re looking to add some sweet apple trees to your garden, you should go for Candy Crisp apple trees. Read on to find more about Candy Crisp apples and how to grow them.
About Candy Crisp Apple
As the name suggests, Candy Crisp apples are said to be as sweet as candy. These ‘golden’ apples with a pink blush have a shape very reminiscent of a Red Delicious apple. The large juice apples have a terrific crunchy texture that is sweet but with more pear overtones.
Candy Crisp trees are considered to be chance seedling found in the Hudson Valley area of New York State. There they were found in a Red Delicious orchard and are hence considered related. They were introduced in the market in 2005.
Candy Crisp apple trees grow upright and vigorously. These trees can bear fruit within 3 years of planting. The fruit ripens in mid to late October and if you store it properly, it can last up to 4 months. This particular hybrid apple variety does need a pollinator to ensure that it bears fruits.
How to Grow Candy Crisp Apples
Candy Crisp apple trees can be grown in USDA zones 4-7. Plant seedlings in the spring in an area with at least 6 hours (preferably more) of sun. The soil should be well-draining and rich in humus. Also, plant additional Candy Crisp or other suitable pollinators around 15 feet (4.5 m) apart.
When growing Candy Crisp apples, prune the trees in late winter to early spring when they are still dormant. You will also need to fertilize the soil to make sure the tree gets proper nutrients. You should feed the tree with a 6-6-6 fertilizer in the early spring. Also, keep young trees consistently watered and as the tree matures, water once a week deeply.