How to Take Care of a Barren Fruit Tree


Planting a fruit tree and seeing it bear no fruit can be just about the most irritating things to deal with. After putting in hours and hours and slaving over the well being of your tree, you expect it to deliver quite a large amount of fruit. I have experienced this, and it is not a very pleasant feeling. Around my neighborhood, I am considered the garden guru. This is only due to my passion for gardening most of my life, and I have been lucky enough to gather extensive knowledge about all things gardening. But over these years, I have failed. After 5 years of planting fruit trees, I never saw one piece of fruit to show for my work. Just when I was ready to call it quits, I met someone who I think truly is the gardening guru.

As I was in the garden store one day, looking around for some fertilizer that could perhaps give me hope, an old man approached me and kindly introduced himself to me as Ralph. I suddenly opened up to Ralph and expressed all my worries and concerns about how my fruit trees were not bearing fruit. I have never been the sort of person to spill the beans to people I don’t know, but he seemed like a genuinely nice man that I couldn’t help myself. But I’m glad I opened up, as he taught me so many things that actually helped me get my fruit trees going.

The first thing I learned is that there are a variety of factors that can contribute to why a tree is not bearing any fruit. For example, the tree may simply be too young; if it is younger than 4 years old, don’t expect it to produce any fruit yet. But if the tree has reached the age of 4 with no fruit, then it’s time to consider other possibilities as to why it is not producing.

One thing to consider is that fact that your tree may be under some sort of water stress. This can either be too much water, too little water, or poor drainage. If you feel the problem of water is affecting your tree, you will need to take a closer look at your watering habits and compare them to the actual requirements of the tree. Keep your eyes open for any signs of pestilence or disease. If you see that your tree is always being assaulted by insects and other pests, you can’t expect your tree to live a long and healthy life.

If your tree is in extremely cold temperatures, you may notice that the tree is blooming but not producing fruit. On the outside, your tree may look just fine, but it is the inside that is suffering. Unfortunately, if this is the case there is not much you can do, other than wait until the next year with hopes that the temperatures are not too extreme for your tree.

If your tree’s pollination process is not yet complete, this can also be an issue. If you happened to plant different types of trees, you may discover that the trees need different types of requirements than you were aware of and are in fact incompatible. You will have to replant the right combinations.

After learning all of this valuable information, I examined my tree’s conditions and realized that along with having cross-pollinated, I had also been giving my tree more water than it needed. Ever since eradicating these problems, I have no longer had any problems with fruit bearing.

If you find yourself struggling with your tree or any other gardening issue, my advice to you is to contact an expert gardener. They will supply you with all the right information needed to get your gardening back on track.

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About the Author: Greenery always attracts Arthur Kunkle. He has a big garden where he plants many fruits and vegetables. His passion for gardening motivates him to write and share different tips on gardening.

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