What are the disease-resistant apple cultivars recommended for Wisconsin?

The following are some of the cultivars that will grow well in Wisconsin:

• Redfree: This is an early season, medium-sized, attractive red apple. You can store these apples up to 30 days.

• Prima: Prima produces medium to large fruit, red blushed on yellow skin. Mild, juicy, white flesh matures a week before McIntosh. You can store this apple for one to two months.

• Priscilla: This is a medium to large apple if you thin trees adequately after bloom. The apple is almost all red over yellow skin. The flesh is coarse and mild with good dessert quality. Fruit splits on the tree when subjected to midsummer drought. This is a good pollinator for Prima.

• Jonafree: Jonafree closely resembles Jonathan. It has pale, yellow flesh, and is firm and juicy. Jonafree matures five to 10 days after McIntosh and may be too late maturing for best quality in areas with a short growing season.

• Liberty: This is a high-quality, red, dessert apple. It matures a few days after McIntosh. The apple has crisp, yellow flesh and is useful fresh or in cooking.

You can contact your local Extension Office for an updated cultivar list and care information.  You can also visit eXtension at Fruits.