The Q&A Archives: Apple Trees Never Bloom

Question: We have 2 three year old apple trees, one is a drawf red delicious and the other I'm not sure what kind it is other than it's called a "one apple-apple pie tree". They are planted on the south side of the yard and have no other trees around them. The problem is that they have never had buds, much less apples on them. Any suggestions?

Answer: Your trees may simply be too young to bear fruit. Apples can take 3 to 5 years to become well enough established to bloom well and bear fruit. In the meantime, be sure they are kept growing vigorously with adequate water and fertilizer and are kept healthy with correct pruning and appropriate spraying. Your County Extension (654-8370) should be abe to help you determine the appropriate preventive spray schedule for your area.

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