Spring Garden Tips
Apple Tree Fails to Produce

No fruit and all leaves is a common complaint of gardeners new to growing apples. Fortunately, with a little time and adjustments in care you will soon be rewarded with fruit.

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mgm audio 021914 apple tree failsPatience is the first step. The first few years after planting, your apple tree spends its energy on developing a healthy root system. This is good for the longevity and productivity of the plant.

You will need to start pruning young trees to develop a strong and productive structure. Consider using the central or modified central leader system. You will have a single trunk with several large branches spiraling up the trunk.

Train 5 to 7 main branches for dwarf trees and 7 to 9 for standard size apple trees. Dwarf trees should start blooming and be allowed to develop fruit about 4 or 5 years, while standard trees take a bit longer, 6 or 7 years, after planting.

A bit more information: Avoid excess pruning and over fertilization that promotes leaf and stem growth and discourages flowering and fruiting.

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