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Discussion in 'Gardening' started by NHAlison, May 20, 2016.

  1. NHAlison

    NHAlison In the Brooder

    Jun 11, 2015
    New Hampshire
    I planted 2 young dwarf apple trees last year. I do not know the exact ages of the trees, but one is about 6 feet tall and the other about 5.5 feet. The 6-footer has tons of blossoms. This is a gala. The other one, which I think is a jona gold (lost the tag), has leaves, but no blossoms. Is this typical? I read that some young dwarf trees will not flower for 2-3 years, but again, I am not certain of the age of these trees.

  2. lazy gardener

    lazy gardener Crossing the Road

    Nov 7, 2012
    You're doing well to get blossoms so soon. I am new into the art of orchard keeping. Planted my standard trees last summer, and have pruned them short so they will stay short. I would recommend that you read as much as you can about your varieties, and orchard care in general. Probably you'll want to thin your Gala before those fruit get very big. Less strain on the tree and those new branches. Work towards an open framework in the tree, nice wide crotch angles. The other variety may just not mature as quickly. Some trees are prone to producing every other year, though proper pruning and thinning can help to encourage them to bloom yearly.
  3. BruceAZ

    BruceAZ Songster

    May 18, 2016
    Valley of the Sun :)
    I think for apple trees you need to have 2 for them to bear fruits (you got that down). .and they have to be a certain distance i think

    It might take a while for the trees to bear fruits so give them time.

    speaking of dwarf trees.. i got a few dwart citrus trees with flying dragon rootstock. They are only 2-3 ft tall and already bearing fruits :)
    Last edited: May 20, 2016
  4. lazy gardener

    lazy gardener Crossing the Road

    Nov 7, 2012
    Depends on the variety re: needing a pollinator. Also, some varieties will pollinate well, and other varieties won't. Lots of reading to be done there!!! Many neighborhoods have so many apple trees that it's never an issue re: pollination.
  5. Ridgerunner

    Ridgerunner Free Ranging

    Feb 2, 2009
    Southeast Louisiana
    Different fruit trees, even of the same variety, will bloom and bear at different ages. They are not all the same. And just because they bloom doesn’t necessarily mean they will set fruit the first year they bloom. Another risk is that if they bloom and you get a freeze, the freeze can prevent fruit set. That happened to me this year with peaches and plums. But one good thing about apples is that the trees set blooms for an extended period of time. A late freeze is unlikely to totally prevent fruit set with apples because they keep blooming, though it does happen.

    I’m not sure what growing zone you are in, but both Gala and Jonagold are good for a pretty cold area. I think you re fine with those varieties from that aspect. Many fruit trees need a certain number of chill hours to set fruit. I often get better production from apple trees after a really cold winter than after a fairly warm one. But if you are buying new trees it’s best to check your growing zone against the specific variety of apple.

    While there are a few self-pollinating apple tree varieties, most require a different variety for pollination. Even the self-pollinating varieties normally produce better if they have a different variety as a pollinator. Some varieties are not good pollinators though. From what I read, Jonagold may be one of them. While it is best to have another pollinator within a couple of hundred feet, honeybees will travel up to a mile from the hive so they don’t absolutely have to be that close. Most of the pollinators I see buzzing around aren’t honeybees though, but smaller different insects, mostly bees of some type. If any of your neighbors have apple trees or even crabapples that bloom at the same time, you probably have pollination covered. Many commercial orchards use crabapples as pollinators because they bloom so well for so long.

    Good luck on getting fruit this year. If you do, don’t expect to get a lot. At least that has been normal for me the first year. If you don’t get any, even though it bloomed, don’t be too disappointed. Next year should be better.

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