Why Your Fruit Trees Will Not Bear Fruit

No Fruit On Your Fruit Trees

Imagine, a fruit tree with tons of fruit on it’s branches. Wouldn’t it be nice to pick your choice of fruit from a fruit tree and eat it almost instantly? There are many reasons why trees produce poor quality or no fruit at all. Below are some reasons why this happens and better yet what you can do to make fruit much more fruitful.

Freezing temperatures – Trees that bear fruit need freezing temps. Each variety of trees require different chilling hrs in order for them to produce good quality, abundant fruit. Wikipedia has a nice chart that will explain chilling hrs. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chilling_requirement

The age of the tree. If your fruit tree has only been planted 1 maybe 2 years it is rare they will bear fruit at such a young age. Apple, Apricot and some types of cherry trees will take about 3 maybe 4 years to start producing. Peach, pear and plums trees will usually bear fruit in about 3 maybe 4 years. It is important to note all store bought fruit trees are grafted which means the root system is 1-2 years older than the trunk or top of the tree.

Is your tree in Good Health

It stands to reason a healthy tree will produce good quality fruit as apposed to a diseased or insect infested one. Keep this in mind when planting your tree, it must be inspected on a regular basis, once or twice a year is not enough. Once per week starting in spring is more like it. Any problems should be addressed asap. Talk to your county extension agent or call your nearest full time nursery store…not the big box retail store.

Your tree needs to be pollinated (flowers). Bees, humming birds, and butterflies will help in pollination. Even the wind can carry pollen from one tree to the next. Some trees are Self-pollinated but not all varieties will produce fruit if there aren’t enough pollinators.

Most apricot trees are self pollinating with the exception of the the “Goldrich and “Perfection” variety.

Pruning your trees. Only prune if there is a good reason to do so. Over crossing branches that are touching or dead limbs should be cut off. Branches that are touching or close to electrical wires should also be pruned. Be sure to call a professional fruit tree pruner before doing so. Over pruning can delay the production of flowers thus smaller yields.

Planting your trees. Give them plenty of room to grow make sure they are in full sunlight. Keep them away from other trees that will shade them. Use mulch to keep moisture in this will also help control weeds and insects. Watering from a lawn sprinkler system is not sufficient water. It needs it’s own watering system.

Late spring frosts are a big problem for fruit trees. Keeping abreast on local weather conditions during spring will help determine the proper course to protecting your trees. If your tree is small to medium sized you can cover with a thermal tree blanket. These can be purchased at your local nursery store. There are orchard heaters that can be used but they are expensive and not really worth it if you only have 2-3 trees in your back or front yard.

The three most important parts of this post are watering, fertilizing and observation. If you can do those three things your trees will produce fruit.
Paul

Plants and trees in the Las Cruces area

Looking for good quality trees, plants or shrubs in the Las Cruces area? There are numerous big box stores that provide this southwest city with some decent nursery plants.

The problem is most are not full time plant nurseries and only cater to the casual gardener. Gardening staff are poorly trained in the proper care, maintenance and problems associated with purchasing plants.

“Can someone tell me how to plant my Gardenia” and is it an inside or outdoor pant? That question should be answered by a qualified botanist or someone who has been in the gardening field for at least 3-5 years.

Planting Trees in Las Cruces

Planting a tree in the Las Cruces area should be an easy task to do but many folks fail miserably. Questions that should be asked when purchasing a tree of shrub are:
How deep
How wide
How much water
When do I fertilize
Is the Tree drought tolerant
Is it disease resistent
Can I transplant it
Is it evergreen
Is it deciduous
Does it have pods

And a slew of other questions a customer might or should ask. If you are looking for qualified folks who know about such things we recommend going to “Color Your World Nursery” located at 540 N. Telshor. They have a large staff of qualified people who know trees, plants, shrubs, water plants, bonsai, topiary, fountains and gift crafts for all your local gardening needs.

BTW…a Gardenia is considered an indoor plant. It has deep white blooms with a strong almost over-powering fragrance. The most common Gardenia is the the white gardenia (Gardenia thunbergia). It does not like freezing tempertures and in our area we do get lots of freezing days.

Paul

Insect free garden

Insect Free Garden

Every year gardeners around the world stress over the fact that a new season will bring in more insects or diseases into their garden. There are steps you can take to prevent or stop them from invading or killing your garden plants. Here are some tips on keep you garden Insect Free without using harmful chemicals or pesticides.

Insects that eat bad Insects

Not all insects are harmful matter of fact many are beneficial to our environment. Lady Bugs will consume aphids, and other types of foliage eating insects.

Many folks think the praying mantis is a beneficial insect but they will eat almost any type of bug including other beneficial type of bugs. Before purchasing Praying Mantis be sure you don’t already have Lady Bugs.

Dusty wings are another flying insect that will eat aphids, spider mites and scale type insects. Problem is they are very uncommon and many folks will spray immediatley with an insecticide thinking they are the problem.

Common ground beetles can consume large numbers of caterpillars, armyworms, cutworms, grubs, snails and slugs. Most folks do their best to kill ground beetles but they are very beneficial to your garden.

Organic methods of pest and disease control mean a healthier garden for you, your plants and the insects, birds and animals around you. Think before you take out your pesticide spray bottle.

Your vegetable or flowering garden is an eco-system and you should do your best to “become organic” when it comes to pest and disease control.

Make sure you give all your plants plenty of room. Over crowding plants promotes fungus, wilt, rust and a good place for insects to hide.

Over-watering is also a big issue. Too much water can cause powdery mildew and other water loving insects such as snails and slugs. Too little water and dry conditions are ideal places for spider mites to thrive in.

Plants are a lot like people…hardy, healthy plants will have a better chance of surviving an attack of disease or insects. Be sure to follow a good water and fertilizing schedule.

Make your garden organic

Most Nurseries and Greenhouses have organic soils and fertilizers and all you need to do is ask for them. Doing a search for anything organic will also give you a list of sites that have tons of good information regarding “How to grow and start an organic garden”.

Sometimes you have no choice but to use pesticides that may be harmful to the environment. Be sure you fully understand what each product is and what it does. Reading the instructions and asking questions from a qualified Nursery expert is your best course of action.

Paul Guzman is the author of the article read more about gardening by visiting his free gardening information website at: Guzman’s Greenhouse

When is it time to fertilize my lawn

When do I start fertlizing my lawn.

This one question I get all the time. Especially during the late winter season.  Most folks think they have to fertlize now or during cold weather.  This is not true but it also depends on the type of grass you have.

Fertilizing your lawn is of utmost importance if you want your lawn to be the talk of the neighborhood.  Lush green lawns are what all home owners want. 

But when why and how should we fertlizer our lawns during the late winter season.  Bermuda grasses will go dormant in most zone areas including the lower elevations of the Southwest.  Soutwestern California and Arizona rarely have freezing temperatures therefore Bermuda grass does not go completley dormant.

We play, exercise, sit, and walk around our lawn sometimes barefooted.  Without  good regular fertlizing our grass will look dry, dead and could be over taken by weeds! 

Bermuda grass is a warm season grass and is used in ballparks,  sports fields and gold courses.  It is very hardy and can tolerate lots of traffic.  It should be fertilized in early spring mid summer and late fall.  Do not fertlize during the cold months.  You will be bascially wasting your hard earned money if you do.

St. Augustine is another grass that thrives in hot climates but does not like colder temperatures.  Follow bermuda grass fertlizing. 

Year round cold weather grasses such as Kentucky blue and Fescue grasses need to be fertilized all year long but only sparingly during winter.  

Most folks are always asking me for the best tips on keeping a beautiful lawn. Here are my best tips.

  1. Water according to your zone area.  Overwatering can lead to serious fungus problems. 
  2. Fertlize once a month during the spring, summer and fall months for warm weather grasses.
  3. Do the same for cold weather grasses but only once or twice during December through February.
  4. Always use a grass winterizer in early winter for good rooth growth.  This is not a fertlizer but a vitamin for your grass roots.
  5. Observe your lawn consistently for any signs of dry or hazing looking spots.  This could mean grubs or disease.
  6. Mow your lawn at least twice per month and go up one notch as the season progesses.  Keep you blades sharp to prevent that brownish at the top look.

Following the above tips could have folks saying…this is the greenest grass I’ve seen since the sixties.

Thanks Paul Guzman

If you have any questions please let us know what they are by commenting below.

The rose of sharon plant.

I really like the rose of sharon plant.  You can actually use it as a tree or plant.  They are easy care and can tolerate poor soils but will bloom more often with well drained mulched soil.  They can also tolerate drought conditions.  This makes them ideal for the southwest.

There numerous varieties and one of them is the  “althaea” (althea) Hibiscus syriacus.

Generally they will usually bloom late spring and continue blooming till late fall. It is a deciduous plant and once established is drought tolerant. They have large tropical like blooms. It should be fertilized in late spring, summer and fall.

You can prune the bottom suckers to make it into a one trunk small tree. It loves full sun and well drained organic type soil. They can get up to 10′ tall but their are some cultivars that stay much shorter.

Color Your World nurseries will usually have these type of shrubs in stock. They are a good choice for a stand alone shrub specimen. If you have questions regarding your shrubs please contact us.

Other types are the:

  1.  Ardens Rose of Sharon
  2. Chiffon White Rose of Sharon
  3. Paeonyflorus Rose of Sharon

You can see photos and descriptions of these plants at: Rose of sharon plants