The Q&A Archives: Best Location For Fruit Trees

Question: My fruit trees have not borne any fruit in the last few years. Interestingly, the peach tree did bear wonderful fruit its first year! I moved them since that first year. Same yard, different place. I want to move them again to maximize their potential. Yard is south facing-gets lots of sun. Any suggestions?

Answer: Fruit trees generally need several years, up to five or six in some cases, to become established and bear a good crop of fruit, so moving them is probably not the best thing to try. Trouble shooting lack of fruiting can be complex. In some cases it is simply a mnatter of age; in other cases you must plant appropriate varieties (and have a sufficient insect population) to achieve pollination. In addition, the weather must cooperate in terms of the spring freezes not killing off the blooms which would become the fruit. The trees must be cared for so that they are healthy enough to bear fruit through to maturity, they must be trained and pruned correctly. For all these reasons, I would suggest you contact your county extension (285-8300) to discuss the best location (and appropriate varieties) to grow in your area, as well as the recommended routine care and timing for it in your specific location.

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