[NAFEX] No blossoms

Michael Dossett phainopepla at yahoo.com
Thu May 21 22:59:46 EDT 2009

Yes, it can happen where there are absolutely no blossoms in the off year.  I've seen it more than once, usually on trees that aren't being pruned enough or are being pruned improperly.


Michael Dossett
Corvallis, Oregon
phainopepla at yahoo.com

--- On Thu, 5/21/09, david.maxwell at dal.ca <david.maxwell at dal.ca> wrote:

> From: david.maxwell at dal.ca <david.maxwell at dal.ca>
> Subject: [NAFEX] No blossoms
> To: nafex at lists.ibiblio.org
> Date: Thursday, May 21, 2009, 5:37 PM
> Now I really need advice.  I
> have a mature apple tree, Bramley's Seedling grafted to a 
> seedling rootstock about 7 years ago.  It has borne
> abundantly for the past 5 years.  This 
> spring, however, there is not a single blossom anywhere on
> the  tree. The leaf buds are all 
> coming out, but not a single fruit bud.  Another tree
> grafted to Bramley's more recently, 
> nearby, has some blossoms (not a huge number, but certainly
> bearing), suggesting that this 
> isn't a question of all the fruit spurs having been frozen
> off or something.  (I don't know 
> whether this ever actually happens, but it sounded
> possible.)  Other vareties are happily 
> blooming, so it seems unlikely to be related to climatic
> conditions.  Obviously most apples 
> tend to be biennial; is this just an extreme example of
> biennial (not) bearing?  (Does this 
> happen - absolutely no blossoms in the "off" years?)
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