Honeycrisp in Minnesota

Harvest fruit when background color changes from green to yellow. Bitter pit is problematic (but less so than other states like Washington or New York), use calcium sprays during the growing season. Soft scald and soggy breakdown can be problems if fruit are stored for long periods at 32 °F (0 °C; Tong et al., 2003).


  • Tong, CB, DS Bedford, JJ Luby, FM Propsom, RM Beaudry, JP Mattheis, CB Watkins, and SA Weis. 2003. Location and temperature effects on soft scald in ‘Honeycrisp’ apples. HortScience 38:1153-1155.
  • Tong, C, D Kruger, Z Vickers, D Bedford, J Luby, A El-Shiekh, K Shackel, H Ahmadi, H. 1999. Comparison of softening-related changes during storage of 'Honeycrisp' apple, its parents, and 'Delicious'. J Amer Soc Hort Sci. 124:407-415.

Minnesota Contact

Cindy Tong
Assoc. Prof. & Extension Postharvest Horticulturist
Dept. of Horticultural Science
University of Minnesota
1970 Folwell Ave., St. Paul, MN 55108
phone 612-624-3419; fax 612-624-4941