KinderKrisp Apple

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Kids love it! This variety yields sweet, juicy fruit just the right size for little hands. Ideal for lunch boxes and afternoon snacks. Outstanding flavor and crisp, fine texture reminiscent of Honeycrisp. Best when picked fresh from the tree. Originates from Fairhaven, Minnesota in 1998. Cold-hardy. Ripens in late August. May be covered by USPP #25453 or other patents.

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Bloom Color White
Bloom Time Early - Mid
Fruit Color Red
Fruit Size Small - Medium
Ripens/Harvest Late August
Shade/Sun Full Sun
Soil Composition Loamy
Soil Moisture Well Drained
Soil pH Level 6.0 - 7.0
Taste Excellent
Texture Fine-crisp
Years to Bear 2 - 5
Zone Range 3 - 7

Zone Compatibility

This Variety's Zone Range 3 - 7
My Hardiness Zone ?
The USDA hardiness zones offer a guide to varieties that will grow well in certain climates. Each zone corresponds to the minimum winter temperatures experienced in a given area. Make sure that your hardiness zone lies within the zone compatability range of this variety before ordering.


This variety requires another one for adequate pollination.

Cross-pollination by a different variety is key to its growing and bearing success. Plant one of these varieties within 50' for best pollination.

Tools & Supplies

Having the proper tools and supplies when growing your own can make the difference between a good harvest and a great harvest! Here's a list that our experts recommend for this variety.

Planting & Care

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Questions & Answers

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Why did you choose this?
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Looking for a small snacking apple to join my collection of stark apple trees. Cant wait to see this one grow and taste the fruit.
Magdeline S on Dec 6, 2019
I heard that the apples are fantastic, and good for kids. I plan to plant this dwarf variety by my 4 kids' jungle gym.
Andrew S on Apr 28, 2019
Looking for a small snacking apple to join my collection of stark apple trees. Cant wait to see this one grow and taste the fruit.
Magdeline S on Dec 6, 2019
Have one - and the fruit is excellent.
Nancy F on Sep 21, 2019
I heard that the apples are fantastic, and good for kids. I plan to plant this dwarf variety by my 4 kids' jungle gym.
Andrew S on Apr 28, 2019
fresh eating
Zachary B on Mar 17, 2019
MN hardy.
Nicholas S on Feb 5, 2019
Sounds like a good variety, we love our honey crisps from Stark
JIM S on Feb 4, 2019
Looks like the apples I had as a kid.
Sly on Jan 27, 2019
I wanted good sweet apples that my kids could have for snacks and lunch.
Alicia A on Aug 15, 2018
Was suggested as a northern apple. I'm in Michigan and this was great to read because I wouldn't really know where to start looking for an apple to survive up here and taste great.
Sabrina W on May 9, 2017
I ate my first kindercrisp last year and it was delicious!! It was the first apple from my espalier.
PAM F on Mar 2, 2017
zone 3
Fred P on Jun 5, 2016
I have a commercial orchard and these apples will appeal to a wide audience, especially children. Since parents tend to shop with their children, if I have an apple the kids will like, parents will tend to buy more than they would on their own.
Kirsten H on Apr 18, 2016
I love HoneyKrisp apples and thought a smaller fruit would be the way to go for my family. I bought this with Gravenstein and Red Rome Beauty.
Joshua W on Apr 6, 2016
I was looking for a honey crisp,after careful review this seem to be a close but better option
Andrew B on Mar 31, 2016
We are starting an orchard of smaller trees. We have 3 large apple trees and thought this wold be good for our family
Don S on Mar 20, 2016
Have one - and the fruit is excellent.
Nancy F on Sep 21, 2019
fresh eating
Zachary B on Mar 17, 2019
What about disease susceptibility of this tree?
nasser on Aug 23, 2017
BEST ANSWER: This is one of the most disease-resistant apple varieties available. It is resistant to apple scab, powdery mildew, cedar apple rust and fire blight. "Disease-resistant" doesn't mean "disease-proof," but this is pretty close.
Would this pollinate a Granny Smith and vice versa?
Christine on Mar 18, 2018
BEST ANSWER: Yes, it will. These two apples have a similar bloom time.
Difference between honeykrisp and honeycrisp? Thanks
Kurt T on Oct 13, 2018
BEST ANSWER: Thank you for contacting us. The name of this variety is KinderKrisp. It produces small apples with an outstanding flavor and crisp, fine texture reminiscent of Honeycrisp.
Does the kindercrisp bear annually or is it biannual like the Honeycrisp? My Stark Bros kinder is in its 3rd year and is flowering for the first time. Excited!
Wayne B on May 17, 2020
BEST ANSWER: I don't know. I'm in the same situation as you. Third year and have blossoms.
We just moved and I bought a kinder Krisp apple tree. Do I need another one to produce fruit? Or will it self pollinate?
Mike L on May 17, 2020
BEST ANSWER: The same variety cannot pollinate itself. You will need another apple variety with a similar bloom time in order for good pollination to occur.

One species cannot pollinate another; for example, a plum cannot pollinate an apple, and a pear cannot pollinate a peach. A fruit tree that requires a pollinator needs a different variety of the same species that has a similar bloom time.
will chestnut crab pollinate?
JoAnn W on Feb 23, 2019
BEST ANSWER: Chestnut blooms a little bit early to pollinate KinderKrisp. It might work, but the conditions would have to be just right (late spring, no late frosts).
Is this a good storage variety apple?
Amber on Feb 10, 2019
BEST ANSWER: KinderKrisp is considered to be "very good" when it comes to storage ability.
What rootstocks are used for the supreme dwarf trees? Thanks
Otter on Oct 16, 2018
BEST ANSWER: Thank you for your question. We are unable to guarantee a specific rootstock in our Retail Department. However, our Customer Support Team might be able to help you determine the probable rootstock or rootstocks used on this year???s crop. Please contact us at 800.325.4180.
Can you list several options for pollinators for Kindercrisp trees?
Terry L on Jun 11, 2018
BEST ANSWER: In addition to the Golden Delicious, there are many, but among the better choices would be Cortland, Starkspur UltraMac, Buckeye Gala and Liberty.
Does this tree bloom early or late? I get a lot of late spring freezes here in Colorado.
Ryan M on Oct 30, 2017
BEST ANSWER: KinderKrisp is an early-mid bloomer. If you're looking for s similar apple that blooms later, try Evercrisp or Honeycrisp.
What is a good pollinator for a cinnamon spice tree if you live in zone 10B?
Claire O on Nov 15, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Thank you for your question. Stark?? GrandGala??? or Stark?? Golden Delicious are both excellent pollinators for your Cinnamon Spice tree. You're on the borderline of your growing zone, so it may be it a little warmer than optimal.

Customer Reviews

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Best Tree I Have
I love it year one it was a stick year two 9 apples next year lots waiting to taste one
August 1, 2016
over 6 years ago
Performance of KinderKrisp apple in SW Idaho
I planted my KinderKrisp apple tree in April 2015. In spite of irrigation-water shortages in 2015, the tree grew well. This year it bore some apples and is in good vigor. I've thinned them and will be keeping records on when it ripens relative to the 50+ other apple cultivars I grow. We had fire blight here for the first time in ages, but the KinderKrisp tree was not affected as badly as some of the other apple trees I grow. I supply pome and stone fruits to the College of Idaho food service as well as selling it at local farmers' markets and will be curious to see how well the fruit is accepted there.

Bob Purvis (husband to Connie W. Purvis)
Horticulturist, M.S.
May 19, 2016
over 6 years ago
growing well
I just planted this tree last spring. The tree is putting out leaves and branches. Looking forward to some apples in a couple of years.
May 11, 2016
over 6 years ago
KinderKrisp Apple
Tree went in this Spring. Nice set of leaves already. I look forward to apples next year, maybe.
May 13, 2017
over 4 years ago
Outstanding tatste !!
KinderKrisp Apple 2018 - Stark Bros
I planted this dwarf tree in 2016, so this is it's 3rd leaf. I removed blooms for the first 2 years and just grew wood until this year (2018, zone 5b) This last spring I let it produce about 12-14 apples. Of note, this tree is an obvious tip bearer (blooms tend to form at the end or tip of branches), keep that in mind as you prune. I sprayed this tree with conventional spray from March 14 to about June 7. So with ~6 sprays in about 11 weeks, 10 of the apples were still perfect, so it did well.
The apples are small as advertised ... "lunch box". I measured them at 2.5 to 2.75 inches. For my 4 neighbor kids, they are perfect. Of note, all the apples in my yard undersized this year. So they may be slightly larger in other years, we'll see. It sure didn't affect their taste.
No problem growing this tree over the last three years. Standard apple tree management: feed it, water it, train it, prune it, take pictures (grin) etc. I have it staked for security. I use a combination of training stuff: clothespins, branch spreaders, plastic limb angle adjusters, stakes and twine ... the usual kind of stuff.
So, you can talk about growing wood all you want, but in the end, we grow apples .... not wood !! Lol. This is the first year getting a taste. To be honest, it's one of the best tasting apples I have had. It's nothing less than stunning. I promise you will smile when you taste this one. It's a hint of honeycrisp with a hint of yellow delicious if you ask me. It has a nice crunch to it. They really got this one right !!!
August 30, 2018
over 4 years ago
KinderKrisp Apple
The Kinderkrisp apple grew wellm since planting this spring, but it is too early for apples so I can't really give you a realistic evaluation until it does bear apples. However, growth has been excellent with the usual tree care since planting this spring.
May 19, 2016
over 5 years ago
Nice tree
This is a nice tree, we are happy with it and it is growing well. This is a good apple. Earlier Apple our second kinderKrisp tree from them
May 8, 2018
over 4 years ago
Bought 3 yrs ago, had our 1st 5 apples yuuuummmmm
I bought a dwarf size 3 years ago and kept it in a container knowing that we would be moving. I planted it this spring in our clay/sandy soil. I worried and fretted about moths and pests and just survival in the new soil and FORGOT to fertilize it (outside of a small amount of vermicompost) This little tree grew strong and welll and gifted my kids 5 extraordinarily delicious apples....will definitely buy another.
August 8, 2019
Excellent, early ripening apple with amazing taste.
This might be my new favorite apple. I had one tree bear fruit it's second year. The fruit ripens very early like a summer apple, but has a firm crisp flesh like a winter apple. Excellent.
May 2, 2019
over 3 years ago
Love this little tree.
Too right off when we planted it. I planted a CandyCrips and Contender Peach at the same time. This is the only one that survived. It made it through its first winter in SD. We even had -60 windchill and this little trooper pulled through.
May 7, 2019
over 3 years ago