[nafex] Re: No Fruit

Robert H. 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 
now in
> 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 
> plums.
>     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 --- 
about 4
> 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 
many of
> 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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