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Dennis LaPlant    Posted 10-09-2004 at 05:10:43       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I planted an apple tree 2 years ago and have not seen an apple.The tree is about 6` tall and in great shape. My friend said I need to plant another apple tree next to it so it will produce apples. Is this true or do I have to wait another year. I think the tree is a Macintash. Could you please help me with my problem.


Dave Munson    Posted 10-09-2004 at 17:04:10       [Reply]  [No Email]
You do need another variety nearby. Other than another Mac. Ask any nursery about a proper tree to pollinate. NOT ALL TREES CAN POLLINATE your tree. Look around your neighborhood or area to see if there are any nearby apple trees. Read up on it. In a nutshell what you will find is that different species of apple trees bloom at different times. You want a different species that blooms at the same time. The same species can not pollinate itself.

Also, your tree may (probably) be a bit too young to bear fruit. About half my 6' trees game apples for the first time this year. None did last year.

Last year, I had three of the trees get above six foot (gala, granny, black twig). None of them produced anything. This year both the black twigs, one gala but neither of the granny's produced anything. On the other hand, one of my little three to four foot trees produced a apple.

Some people in a hurry carefully weigh the branches down so they are parallel to the ground. For some reason this hurries the tree to produce.

If you are out of room plant a crab.


hay    Posted 10-09-2004 at 08:34:34       [Reply]  [No Email]
some apples are self-fruitful, but another variety would help production even more. most grafted fruit trees won't produce any fruit for at least 3-7 years depending upon the variety and depending upon bees for pollination. you probably just need to wait until the tree matures a little more.i have many fruit trees ( in ground and in containers) and they vary widely on production age.


Les    Posted 10-09-2004 at 07:53:08       [Reply]  [No Email]
No, your tree does not need a "mate". It does need pollenators (insects). Surely yours is not the only apple tree in the neighborhood.
Pears, on the other hand, do need a "mate".
And don't expect to be able to plant a seed from a MacIntosh apple (or any other variety) and get a tree which is a MacIntosh.


deadcarp    Posted 10-09-2004 at 07:15:37       [Reply]  [No Email]
yep apples need a mate - so do walnuts. found that out the hard way. :)


Coloken    Posted 10-09-2004 at 06:57:03       [Reply]  [Send Email]
When I planted an apple several years ago they told me that some varities can pollinate them selfs, some need another tree. I would think close enough that the insects can go to both. I'm not knowagable enough to know about you Mac. Did it bloom? If it did and no apples, that could be the problem. If no blooms just wait another yaar. My new one is 3 years old, just had a few blossoms and one apple this year.


Steve from TN    Posted 10-09-2004 at 05:18:38       [Reply]  [No Email]
I believe your friend his right. Here is a site that you might want to visit. They discuss gardens and horticulture.


bulldinkie    Posted 10-09-2004 at 05:48:37       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Yes most fruit trees need a mate.We planted semi dwarf they dont get huge but still give great fruit.I have the collanade trees too no limbs.Last year the tree was full of fruit.Then in barrels I have the little trees about 2'tall I had a nectarine had about 15 nectarines on it and the tree was only 2' tall.does a neighbor close to you have an apple?That would be ok


Steve from TN    Posted 10-09-2004 at 06:05:29       [Reply]  [No Email]
Would it have to be the same kind of apple tree to get the same apples? You know, most city folks don't realize that God made insects for reasons. Without them, we wouldn't have apples, pears, peaches, and many other wonderful fruits.


Les    Posted 10-09-2004 at 07:57:28       [Reply]  [No Email]
Steve, like I said above, you should not expect apple trees to reproduce true to variety. Virtually all apple trees that are in orchards or sold to homeowners from nurseries have been grafted.
I have about 40 trees and I grafted them all except for a couple that were given to me.


fat    Posted 03-26-2007 at 14:30:37       [Reply]  [No Email]
sucks



Jet9N    Posted 10-09-2004 at 08:57:42       [Reply]  [No Email]
Les, would a grafted limb serve as a "mate" or
does it have to a separate tree? You seem to have
some experience on it, so I thought you might know.

Jet


Les    Posted 10-09-2004 at 09:21:37       [Reply]  [No Email]
I believe it would, Jet. Don't take my word for it, though. If I was real smart, I'd actually get some useful apples off my trees and I don't. :( Lack of pollenators. No honeybees around here.
The only trees I've had any luck with at all in recent years are my 2 Prairie Spies.


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