Drew Dubious wrote:
I understand Honeycrisp is a bi-annual. That could have alot to do with the quality some years.
I wonder if they bear every other year for the same reason as MacIntoshes?
Mac's bear too heavy one year, then take a year off to build up fruiting resources. The way to prevent that from occurring is to thin fruit heavily every single year, leaving perhaps one fruit per foot of branch. Even doing that I still get too many to eat, but they are a very flavorful juicing apple too.
Too heavy a fruit load (non-thinned tree) will also tend to make the whole crop taste bland, another good reason to thin before they are the size of dimes.