The Q&A Archives: No Apples on the Apple Tree

Question: I have an apple tree that flowers, but no fruit. Do apple trees have to have a male and a female?

Answer: If your apple tree is producing blooms, it should produce fruit if there is insect activity, and if there's a compatable pollinator within a reasonable distance (as the bee flies). Apple trees produce best when there are two or more trees that blossom at the same time. You need to do some detective work, find out what cultivar you're growing, and then choose one of the cultivars that's an acceptable pollinator for your tree. There's an entire list of apple tree compatability in the Raintree Nursery catalog. Phone (360) 496-6400, or write to them at 391 Butts Rd., Morton, WA 98356, and ask for a copy of their catalog.

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