Having a rest this year?

Normally, the apple tree at the back of the garden is full of blossom before the leaves appear. Not this year!

The leaves have started to unfurl but there isn’t one flower on the tree. The crab apple, on the other hand, is laden and the blossom is coming out on the eating apple trees as well.

My gut feeling is that the Orléans Reinette is going to be fruitless this year. For the last couple of years I have had bumper crops, so it may need to rebuild its strength. Still, it will be a shame to be without a few cooking apples.

It seems almost ironic that I was so concerned to get the pheromone traps to prevent codling moths ravaging my crop. At the same time, I am hoping they will make sure next year’s crop can grow unhindered.

About Helen

I have always been interesting in living a more environmentally friendly lifestyle and used to do what I could. Now, I have come to realise that we have reached such a point in terms of environmental degradation that it is more important - perhaps - to focus on building resilience. I therefore do as much as I can to reuse, grow my own and encourage a supportive community, for example. I also keep reading and learning all the time.
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12 Responses to Having a rest this year?

  1. It is indeed probably just taking a rest this year. If we have a bumper year with the apple trees in our orchard/ forest garden, the following one is often a year of somewhat lower yield.

  2. I read somewhere that some fruit trees do well alternate years and rest in between so maybe your tree is one of those.

  3. Karen says:

    It could be that because you had a bumper crop…also drought can also cause a tree to go biannual. Both would cause stress to the tree. Try to give it as much water as possible this year and next spring knock off about half of the fruit buds.

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