If the name “Crimson Crisp” doesn’t inspire you, you probably don’t love apples. When you read more about Crimson Crisp apples, you’ll find a lot to love, from the bright red flush to the extra crisp, sweet fruit. Growing Crimson Crisp apples is no more trouble than any other apple variety, so it’s definitely within the range of the possible. Read on for tips on how to grow Crimson Crisp apple trees in the landscape.
About Crimson Crisp Apples
You won’t find more attractive fruit than those from Crimson Crisp apple trees. Beautifully round and a perfect size for munching, these apples are sure to please apple lovers. Once you taste Crimson Crisp apples, your admiration may increase. Take a big bite to experience the extremely crisp, creamy-white flesh. You’ll find it tart with a rich flavor. The harvest is lovely and delicious, and those growing Crimson Crisp apples can enjoy them for a long time. They ripen in midseason, but you can store the fruit for up to six months.
How to Grow Crimson Crisp Apples
If you are wondering how to grow these apples, you’ll be delighted to learn how easy it is. Those growing Crimson Crisp apples do best in USDA plant hardiness zones 5 through 8. Crimson Crisp apple trees grow best in a full sun site. Like all apple trees, they require well-draining soil and regular irrigation. Although, if you provide the basic necessities, Crimson Crisp tree care is easy. These trees shoot up to 15 feet (5 m.) tall with a spread of 10 feet (3 m.). Their growth habit is upright with a rounded canopy. If you want to start growing them in the home landscape, be sure you give the trees sufficient elbow room. One important part of Crimson Crisp care requires early planning. Part of this includes providing a pollinator. Don’t plant two Crimson Crisp trees and think this takes care of the matter. The cultivar requires another species for optimal pollination. Consider Goldrush or Honeycrisp apple trees.
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Teo Spengler has been gardening for 30 years. She is a docent at the San Francisco Botanical Garden. Her passion is trees, 250 of which she has planted on her land in France.
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