We have had a dwarf honeycrisp for about 6 years. This year we did not get...

Asked May 12, 2015, 3:11 PM EDT

We have had a dwarf honeycrisp for about 6 years. This year we did not get any blossoms. Otherwise, the tree looks very healthy. We do have three crabapple trees in our yard, but not in close proximity to our honeycrisp. Is the problem related to pollination? Do you have any suggestions. We will miss our apples this year. Last year the squirrels got them and we were ready to protect the this year, but no blossoms. Thanks

Hennepin County Minnesota

1 Response

Most apple trees are biennial bearers - they produce a big crop one year, not so much the next. Your tree is taking the year off. Some suggest that thinning during heavy years mitigates this. Here are references:
http://www.ipm.iastate.edu/ipm/hortnews/2011/6-1/handthinning.html
http://umaine.edu/fruit/growing-fruit-trees-in-maine/lack-of-fruitfulness/
http://www.ladybug.uconn.edu/factsheets/tp_05_fruittreesfailtobeal.html