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bodger

Apple tree problem?

I took these pictures this evening and I think that the pictures say it all. Here are the trees that I planted two years ago. They have plenty of leaves and blossom.














Now here are my five year old trees, hardly any leaves and not a sign of blossom.
These trees are Kingston Blacks and Dabinetts. I had a good crop off the Kingstons last year but hardly a fruit from the Dabinett and they hardly produced any leaves.




Dabinetts.









Kingston Blacks.









I am quite concerned about my older trees and at a loss as to their behaviour. Anyone got any ideas?
Christine

My older apple trees have been exactly the same. Mind a good soaking of rain which we haven't had much of this side of country has livened them up. Warmth and lack of wind will do the rest I suspect.

Warmth and lack of wind could be what yours need too. Trees here are very behind - think that it's been wind, cold and drought that are the cause.
goodlife

Now here are my five year old trees, hardly any leaves and not a sign of blossom.
These trees are Kingston Blacks and Dabinetts. I had a good crop off the Kingstons last year but hardly a fruit from the Dabinett and they hardly produced any leaves.

hi bodger check the catolog and see if these are prone to cold winds as i suspect when the trees were setting buds the cold winds might have burnt them off or the roots were waterlogged at the time
hope this helps
Lorrainelovesplants

All of my trees are looking good, except my Court Pendu Plats.  Both trees were bought from Adams Apples and planted over 5 years ago.  They have never really done anything much, although last year I actually got some fruit from them.
May move them this winter to see if a different place might gee them up, otherwise they'll get burnt.
Gareth

Have you fed them with any compost or manure: even trees need additional nutrients from time to time to replace those already taken up and used in the production of new wood growth, leaves and fruit.

You have plenty of well rotted horse and chicken manure available to you so why not use it where it is needed. You also live by the sea and you walk Grace the Lab down there most days, so why not collect some seaweed each day and  pile it on its own dedicated open compost heap to allow it rot down and the rain to wash away the salt. After 12 months of almost daily collection you would have a good size heap that if broken open and added to the trees at the beginning of Springtime would very possibly add all of the necessary required nutrients to give you a bumper crop of apples ready an exceptional autumn cider pressing.
milkermel

you do realise that trees have years off - Seriously when we went to buy ours the chap was saying to get groups of trees that polinate at similar times if not self pollinating as some years some will do hardly anything - think they were talking 2/3 year cycles

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