Honeycrisp in Michigan
In general, follow recommendations for New York-grown fruit. Use change in background color to determine when to harvest and store fruit at 37 °F (3 °C) to reduce risk of low temperature storage disorders.
Harvest beings in mid-September, when the starch index ranges from 3-5 on the Cornell scale (Watkins et al., 2005). Soft scald and soggy breakdown are the predominant storage disorders. Bitter pit is not a large problem, and not affected by a delayed cooling treatment (Watkins et al., 2004).
- Watkins, C., Nock, J., Weis, S., Jayanty, S., Beaudry, R. 2004. Storage temperature, diphenylamine, and prestorage delay effects on soft scald, soggy breakdown and bitter pit of 'Honeycrisp' apples. Postharvest Biol Tech. 32:213-221.
- Watkins, C., Erkan, M., Nock, J., Beaudry, R., Moran, R. 2005. Harvest date effects on maturity, quality, and storage disorders of 'Honeycrisp' apples. HortScience. 40:164-169.
Randolph M. Beaudry, Professor
Department of Horticulture
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Michigan State University
East Lansing, MI 48824-1325
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