[nafex] Re: No Fruit
lostman_amiga at yahoo.com
Thu May 10 13:29:17 EDT 2001
Thanx again for your advice. I will see if I can try this method on
the remaining flowers (if I'm not to late).
I did do this for my new Cornelian cherry this year too. I put
them in about late December. Both tress are small and only had about
4-8 blossom clusters. The blooms came so early, I was afaid there was
nothing around to polinate it. It seemed to work. I noticed a few
tiny swelling berries on the branches, but they seem to dry up a few
weeks later. I thought the trees were to young for fruit or they were
not fully established yet. But the nanking cheeries look ready eat
--- In nafex at y..., Don Yellman <dyellman at e...> wrote:
> For Robert:
> I don't know anything about autumn olive, but I do know that it
> often takes trees several years to begin to set fruit, even though
> may bloom profusely. Other factors may influence fruit set as well,
> such as extremely early bloom and lack of pollinating insects.
> corn can wind pollinate, but fruit trees can't.
> As an example, I have two Cornelian cherries out in the front
> of two different varieties, spaced about 15 feet apart. They are
> their fourth season, but began to bloom lightly in the first season
> following planting. They have grown up and increased bloom each
> thereafter. But they never set a single Cornelian cherry. Blossoms
> would fall off, just as you describe with your autumn olive.
> cherry is a plant that really blooms early --- even before apricots
> This spring, I took a small artist's brush and went back and
> between the trees when they were about at full bloom, transferring
> pollen from one tree to another. I couldn't see the pollen on the
> brush, but I figured it was there. I did this several times. Made
> feel very much like a bee. There were absolutely no pollinating
> around, other than myself.
> Sure enough, even though the trees are still quite small ---
> 1/2 feet --- I now have a large set of Cornelian cherries on both.
> with all this fiddling, about 50% of the blossoms set fruit, but
> those have multiple fruits on each cluster. It's too late for this
> season, but you might wish to try this technique next spring.
> Rgds, Don Yellman, Great Falls, VA
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