Fruit Trees

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Which pears and sweet cherries do you grow? Where did you get them, locally or mail order?

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Now, the digging and dividing of perennials, the general autumn cleanup and the planting of spring bulbs are all an act of faith. One carries on before the altar of delayed gratification, until the ground freezes and you can’t do any more other than refill the bird feeder and gaze through the window, waiting for the snow. . . . Meanwhile, it helps to think of yourself as a pear tree or a tulip. You will blossom spectacularly in the spring, but only after the required period of chilling.

~Adrian Higgins in The Washington Post, November 6, 2013

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Judith August 19, 2004, 10:48 am

Many things factor in fruitfulness. Maybe your tree is just young. Apples frequently don’t bear until 7 or 8 years old (but then go on for many decades).
They need nearly full sun to fruit.
Applying lawn fertilizer near them can suppress fruiting (and weed and feed in particular is damaging). Fruits all need a higher phosphorus to nitrogen ratio in the soil—you could try adding rock phosphate, spraying with a soluble phosphate solution like microphos, or give it a bloom booster fertilizer with the “P” # at least 2 to 3x the “N”.
Apples need pollinators (honeybees & such)—-has your neighbor sprayed the life out of the neighborhood?
If it has set fruit before but didn’t this year, a late frost could have killed the flowers.
Red Delicious needs anopther apple (including Lodi or Yellow Delicious or a crabapple like Profusion) to pollinate it. Gravenstein’s pollen is sterile so that won’t work; and your pollinator must bloom at the same time as your Red Delicious.
Whew! It is not as arduous as this all sounds. If you have a County Extension office nearby, likely they will have a good bulletin for free or nearly so, listing suitable pollinating varieties. Good luck!

Peggy Pruett August 18, 2004, 5:01 pm

Need to know why my red delicious apple tree won’t bear fruit