|MY APPLE TREE WAS LOADED WITH BLOOM LAST YEAR, THIS YEAR I ONLT GOT A FEW WHY?
|Answer from NGA
April 20, 2010
|The lack of flowers could be weather related, due to over pruning, or your apple tree may have gone into an alternate year bearing cycle. One year you'll get lots of apples and the next year not so many. Developing lots of fruit to maturity takes a lot out of a tree and it sometimes needs the following year to replace the spent energy. You can help avoid this in the future by carefully thinning the crop after the natural fruit drop in June. Just thin the apples out to one or two per cluster. I thin mine to a single fruit per cluster and always have a good crop of large, juicy apples. Give it a try - this year and next.
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