Bloom-Proof Honey Crisp Apple Tree

Asked May 14, 2013, 10:07 AM EDT

I have a Honey Crisp Apple tree purchased from Nature Hills Nursery in the spring of 2009. It has been growing nicely in my garden here in Ann Arbor, Michigan ever since. It grows about 6-8 inches every year and seems to be flourishing, except that it never blooms. It doesn't even try. Something doesn't seem right. What would cause this?

Washtenaw County Michigan

1 Response

Do you know what the rootstock is? There are very many rootstocks that are used under apple trees many of the semi-dwarf rootstocks may take several years before they start bearing. It does not sound like the tree is excessively vigorous from over fertilization or too much pruning. No magic sprays. Because Honey crisp is such a popular apple you may have gotten a less than desirable rootstock for early bearing.