The Q&A Archives: Fruit Trees Not Blooming

Question: I planted some pear and cherry trees about 5 years ago. The trees are growing fine, and the first two years had many flowers. Each year the number of flowers produced has drastically diminished. This year each tree had less than 5 flowers. These flowers do produce fruit and the trees look healthy. What can I do to increase flowering?

Answer: Usually a lack of flowering is the result of a lack of light. Make sure nearby trees, buildings, etc. are not shading your tree. Also, make sure the tree is being properly pruned to allow light into the canopy of leaves.

Finally, remember that most fruit trees set their fruit buds in mid-late summer for the following spring's bloom. Pruning from early summer on will reduce the amount of buds that can be set for the next year. Summer stresses can also reduce bud set.

Good luck with your trees!

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