Apple Trees and Abundant Blossoms

Our four apple trees are in full bloom.  We don’t know a lot about apple trees and honestly have not had that great of luck with apples through the years.  Back in 2000, when we first purchased the property, we planted about six apple trees out in the meadow before we even started building the house.  Neither of us remembers the variety and we did not keep any tags.  The trees failed to thrive in the hard-packed clay and we eventually lost all but two of them, which we moved over behind the chicken coop where the soil is better.
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They have grown quite a bit over the years and a few years back we added two more small apple trees on the other side of the garden.  The trees seem to have heavy blooms every other year…and this is an ON year with and abundance of blossoms.  The sweet smell catches your attention as you walk past.  apple4a

Surely the bees are enjoying these lovely white blossoms during the day.  It was later in the evening when I took these photos and there were no bees in sight.  They return to the hive in the early evening and hunker down for the night so it was no surprise that I didn’t see any.
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We have never used any pesticides to spray our apple trees and when we do get fruit it often has issues – it is mis-shaped, has worm holes, etc.  One year we had enough to make some applesauce and apple butter, so I guess it has not always been a total failure.  Maybe one of these years we will put some effort into consistently growing good fruit.
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In the meantime, we will enjoy the blossoms and the few pans of fresh apple crisp that we make each fall.

Lynell

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5 responses to “Apple Trees and Abundant Blossoms

  1. Mona

    Beautiful………….

  2. Aireleen

    Lovely! How many years does it take for an apple tree before it yields fruits? We have 2 green apples that my boyfriend’s dad planted 20years ago which is just starting to bloom. We are clearing the front yand I want to have at least 2 more but this time red apple trees planted in there.

    • I think it really depends on the variety, but at a minimum, I would say the dwarf varieties will take a few years to bear fruit. For many years we only had a few blossoms on ours and were told by someone to kill all the sod under the canopy of the tree so it wasn’t competing with nutrients and to fertilize early in the spring with a 10-10-10 mix. Those two things seemed to do the trick and we had a lot of blossoms the next year. It might be worth trying with your 20 year old trees to see if it makes a difference. Good luck and thanks for stopping by!

  3. Growing up we had apple trees in our backyard. It seems that they consistently bloomed every other year. Hopefully, you’ll have more apples than you know what to do with this year!

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