No Apple Honeycrisp
Need some help. I have a 10+ year old honeycrisp apple tree that does not produce fruit consistently. 8-9 years ago rabbits girdled the tree during the winter, about 12 inches above the graft. the tree didn't die, but rather sent new shoots above the graft. Two of them were about the same size, so I trimmed the rest and combined the two, eventually growing together (see attached picture.) In 2017 the tree produced a dozen blossoms, resulting in 5 really terrific apples (size of softballs!) The next two years, no blossoms at all. I prune in February, but do not touch the spurs or old growth. The tree is very robust in the summer, but no blossoms. I do have a lawn service. Can you recommend how to prune, fertilize etc. so it can produce fruit? Thank you!! Duane Willms firstname.lastname@example.org
Washington County Minnesota
Hello. I'm glad you've turned to AaEx.
Thanks for getting back to me so quickly!
the two shoots came out 6” to 8” above the graft and the tree did produce apples (few) that were delicious honey crisp apples. When I joined the two shoots, I scraped off the bark between them so they are now fully fused, and both are robust specimens, with good growth every year.
I will do the other things you noted. Thanks again for your help!
Here is more information on the lack of fruit on trees from Penn State that may be enlightening: https://extension.psu.edu/home-orchards-why-is-there-no-fruit-on-my-tree