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Boris



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PostPosted: Tue Jun 01, 10 11:16 pm    Post subject: My Fruit tree isnt doing anything!  Reply with quote    

My daughter gave me an apricot tree for Mothers day. It doesnt seem dead but its showing no sign of life at all! It just seems to be in suspended animation! The tiny buds are there but have not grown at all. I keep watering it! The branches are still bendy, so it looks as though its got some sap in it. Is this normal? I have just planted a cherry tree and thats not showing any signs of life either! Thats only been in two or three weeks. I keep looking optimistically at them trying to convince myself the buds are getting bigger, but in truth they are not!
Pam

maryf



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PostPosted: Wed Jun 02, 10 7:11 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Just keep going with the tlc, you might not get much this year, fruit trees do sometimes take a season or two to establish.

tahir



Joined: 28 Oct 2004
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 02, 10 7:27 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Hmm, both should be ding something by now, where are you?

Boris



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PostPosted: Wed Jun 02, 10 7:59 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

I live in Surrey.

Tavascarow



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PostPosted: Wed Jun 02, 10 8:32 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Sounds to me that it was probably pot grown & the roots are bound.
Keep watering & feeding this year & if there's no improvement lift it when it's dormant & tease out the roots & replant in some well prepared soil (compost, bone meal additions) next winter.

JB



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PostPosted: Wed Jun 02, 10 8:36 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Mothers day was about seven weeks ago so I would have expected to see something by now. Is there any colour in the buds or are they just brown and dull? The fact that you said the cherry tree is also showing no signs of life is a but suspicious as well.

- Did they come from the same supplier? could be a dud supplier.
- It's very late to be planting fruit trees so I'm not sure how well you'd expect them to do in the first year. Even planted in the autumn / winter I wouldn't expect much.
- Could be spending a lot of effort in root growth rather than top growth?
- Are these planted in the ground or dwarf varieties in pots?

Given the late planting unless they're obviously dead I'd be tempted to give them a chance, even right through to next spring if need be, before writing them off.

Boris



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PostPosted: Wed Jun 02, 10 8:43 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Hi, they were both from different suppliers, one through the post, with just a bag round the roots. I suspect you may be right about the main effort going into the roots, I didnt tease the roots out before I planted it. The apricot was pot grown. I put some growmore in the soil.Any suggestions as to what else I could feed them with? I wondered if the weather hasnt helped. The buds are just brown and dull, but they are still attached if you know what I mean. When things have died in the past the buds have just fallen off

Midland Spinner



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PostPosted: Wed Jun 02, 10 9:04 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Oh dear, sounds very like the plum tree I planted last year.

I tried the watching, watering & waiting and ended up with a dead tree.

tahir



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PostPosted: Wed Jun 02, 10 9:10 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Boris wrote:
The buds are just brown and dull, but they are still attached if you know what I mean. When things have died in the past the buds have just fallen off


Cherries and apricots are both good at hanging on to dead buds, try scraping the bark on one of the branches to see if there's any sign of green under there

Boris



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PostPosted: Wed Jun 02, 10 10:08 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Scraped both, both got green in the bark!

tahir



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PostPosted: Wed Jun 02, 10 10:09 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Then fret not, sit tight and wait. The original buds might be dead but new ones should open soon.

Boris



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PostPosted: Wed Jun 02, 10 10:19 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Thank you

gil
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 02, 10 10:39 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

FRuit trees take their time. I've waited 10 years for one apple tree to blossom - this is the first year - I'm so glad I waited and didn't lose patience.

joanne



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PostPosted: Wed Jun 02, 10 10:57 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

gil wrote:
FRuit trees take their time. I've waited 10 years for one apple tree to blossom - this is the first year - I'm so glad I waited and didn't lose patience.


That's good to know - My bullace is now huge and still no sign of any flowers and the same for the apple & pear - One day I'll have a bumper crop!

judith



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PostPosted: Wed Jun 02, 10 11:14 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

jocorless wrote:
gil wrote:
FRuit trees take their time. I've waited 10 years for one apple tree to blossom - this is the first year - I'm so glad I waited and didn't lose patience.


That's good to know


Agreed. My Blue Tit plum seems to have no interest in flowering whatsoever, despite appearing to be growing quite happily.

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