Growing Zones: 5-8 outdoors(hardy down to -10℉) 5-8 outdoors
- Mature Height:
- 20-25 ft.
- Mature Width:
- 20 ft.
- Full Sun
- Growth Rate:
- Harvest Time:
- Year to Bear:
- Fruits 1st Year!
- Botanical Name:
- Malus domestica 'Pixie Crunch'
- Does Not Ship To:
- AZ, CA, ID, OR
Big Taste Comes in Small Apples
The sweetest, crispiest fresh apple around! If you think that apples are nothing special, you haven’t tried a Pixie Crunch. These small apples are even sweeter than the popular Honeycrisp apples, and they break away from the core with a satisfying snap. The texture is dense and crisp, and the flavor is kid-pleasingly sweet with just a hint of tartness. This is the best possible apple for fresh eating in September.
Great for no-sugar-added baking. Imagine picking a basketful of beautiful red apples from your backyard tree and bringing them inside to bake a homemade pie. There’s no guilt required to bake these fruits: Pixie Crunch apples are so sweet that you’ll need only a sprinkle of added sugar in your recipes.
Big harvests! A standard Pixie Crunch begins to bear fruit in its third year of growth, and fully mature trees can yield between 200 and 400 pounds of fresh apples that ripen over a period of about three weeks each fall. Pixie Crunch apples can be stored for up to two months in cool conditions, but if you still can’t eat them all, they make wonderful apple juice and can also be used to make sugar-free applesauce for canning.
Beautiful spring blossoms. Pixie Crunch apple trees add a lovely touch to your landscape in the spring, when they are covered with delicate, white blossoms that feature a pink blush. Pixie Crunch apples require a nearby pollinator to set fruit, so choose another apple variety that blossoms mid-season to encourage cross-pollination. You can also rely on nearby white-blossomed crabapple trees as a pollinator.
Great disease resistance. Pixie Crunch apples were specially bred at Purdue University and were introduced in 1993. Though not an heirloom, these trees were designed to be resistant to disease, including apple scab and fire blight. If there was ever an apple you could try to grow organically, this tree might just be the one.
An apple a day keeps the doctor away! You won’t have any trouble getting kids to eat their fruit with Pixie Crunch apples around. These sweet little pommes are full of Vitamin C and fiber, which reduce inflammation and support a heart-healthy lifestyle, so you can rest assured that you’re providing family and friends a healthful, delicious snack.
Pixie Crunch Apple Tree Pollination
Pixie Crunch Apple Trees are not self-fertile. You will need to plant another variety to achieve fruiting.
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Planting & Care
The Pixie Crunch apple tree (Malus domestica ‘Pixie Crunch’) is a delightfully sweet apple that’s great for baking or eating straight off of the tree. One of the larger known apple varieties, it can reach a mature height of 20-25 feet tall and 20 feet wide, but can be maintained at a shorter height for easier harvesting. Cold tolerant all the way down to -10 degrees, this tree can be grown in USDA growing zones 5-8, but is a low chill variety that needs less cold exposure in order to set bloom properly. However, it is not a self fertile tree so you will need another variety in order for it to produce fruit (see pollination partnering list below). The Pixie crunch is a resistant variety bred for its ability to fight off scab and fire blight, making it a hardier variety than many others.
Location: Be sure that the location you plan to plant your tree will receive full sun which means at least six hours of direct sun each day. If the area receives more than half a day’s shade then the tree will not perform well. Drainage is essential so if you have an overabundance of clay, some soil amending may be required. The pH range of the soil (for the best results) is 6.0-6.5 and a soil test can determine this easily. Testing kits can be found at your local gardening center to test the acidity of your soil. If the soil is mostly sand then amending peat moss into the sand will help with moisture retention otherwise more frequent irrigation will be needed.
Planting Directions (in ground): Now that you have found your ideal planting location for the Pixie apple there are some basic steps for planting the tree. You can raise the acidity of the soil if necessary using lime or wood ash. To lower the pH you can amend sulfur, sphagnum peat or aluminum/iron sulfate into the soil.
1) Make your planting site hole twice the width of the root ball and just as deep.
2) Gently comb your hands over the root ball to free up the roots before planting. Take care not to be to rough with the roots.
3) Place your new Pixie apple tree in the hole and be sure it’s straight as you begin to back fill the hole. Tamp down the soil as you fill the hole to prevent air pockets from forming.
4) Water the planting site to settle the soil and then mulch around the base to prevent competing weeds and grasses from growing around the area.
*Tip: Make sure your mulch is not touching the base of the trunk as this can encourage rot and fungus from forming.
Planting Directions (potted tree): Most wouldn’t think you cannot grow an apple tree that isn’t a dwarf variety in a pot. With the Pixie apple you can definitely grow a happy, healthy apple tree in a pot! Growing this way will also help maintain the tree at a more manageable height.
1) You will want to start off with a fairly large pot for the apple tree to have enough space to stretch out its root system. A ten gallon or even a fifteen gallon pot will be a good size to start with. Plastic pots may not be a good selection as they can get hot in the sun and aren’t insulated against the cold.
2) Select a well draining, quality potting soil mix to fill the pot.
3) Some light trimming of the roots is encouraged before potting the tree to prevent it from becoming a root bound mess in the pot. Snip the roots so they are about ½ inch from the inside wall of the pot.
4) Be sure you add enough soil to the bottom of the pot so the graft union will be level with the rim of the pot. Fill the pot until there is about a 2 inch space from the rim to the top of the soil.
Watering (in ground): Your Pixie apple will benefit from a regular watering habit each week. You may need to water more often in times of extreme heat or drought. The soil surrounding your tree should be moist, but never saturated. Light green leaves can be a sign of over watering, while drooping leaves can be a sign of both over or under watering.
Watering (potted): Water slowly when you irrigate the tree to ensure even moisturizing of the soil. When the tree is in a dormant state, only provide enough water to keep the soil slightly moistened. As soon as you see newer growth coming out of the tree you can water whenever the top 2 inches of the soil feels dry.
Pruning (in ground): Once your tree has become established and is starting to bear fruit, it will need some periodic, moderate pruning. Only prune the tree during times of dormancy making sure to remove any vigorous, upright stems which are quite common in the upper portion of the tree. Weak, damaged or dead branches should also be removed. Low hanging, droopy branches should also be removed. As a branch declines with age it should be cutback to let younger branches take over and produce better.
Pruning (potted): Once you have your tree potted and comfortable, prune the branches back to about
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