Signup to receive email updates
- Troubleshooting Current/Future Fruit Tree Issues
- Tomato Cages Vs. Stakes
- 5 Tips for Selecting Vegetable Transplants
- Farmers Market Series: Working with Vendors
- Farmers Market Series: Type of Market and Location
- Farmers Market Series: Time, Day of Week, and Season
- Farmers Market Series: Determining the Need
- June 2018 (1)
- May 2018 (2)
- January 2018 (1)
- December 2017 (2)
- November 2017 (1)
- September 2017 (2)
- August 2017 (3)
- June 2017 (2)
- May 2017 (1)
- May 2016 (4)
- April 2016 (1)
- March 2016 (3)
- February 2016 (1)
- August 2015 (1)
- July 2015 (2)
- June 2015 (4)
- May 2015 (1)
- March 2015 (1)
- November 2014 (1)
- October 2014 (6)
- August 2014 (6)
- July 2014 (6)
- June 2014 (3)
- January 2007 (6)
61 Total Posts
follow our RSS feed
Friday, June 8, 2018
Troubleshooting Current/Future Fruit Tree Issues
It seems like we made it to spring in Northern Illinois. Growth stages of the fruit trees like pear, peach, apple, and cherry have been moving fast and at this stage, small fruit should have developed on your trees. Both the cherry and peach tree at the Rockford office have started producing fruit. This week, a Fire Blight sample on pear was brought to the office, and I'm going to share both current/future fruit tree issues in Northern Illinois.
*********Keep in mind that these are broad suggestions for what you might be dealing with. Always get proper diagnosis (reach out to me! I'd love to hear from you)******************
Current Issues, late Spring:
No Fruit on Peach and Cherry?
- Potentially your buds were killed. Temperatures below -9 F will usually result in buds unable to survive.
- What to do: Hope for a milder winter next year.
Torched limb in "shepherd's hook" formation on Pear and/or Apple?
- Potentially Fire Blight. Get this properly diagnosed.
- What to do: Infection on new limbs can be pruned out 6 inches below infection line. Some fungicides available but usually need to be applied during dormancy.
Upcoming Issues, early summer:
Fruit Not Developing on Apples
- Buds damaged or need more than one variety. We had a very late frost the end of April that could have caused some buds to be killed/damaged. If the trees have never produced apples, make sure you have more than one variety. Apples depend on cross-pollination.
- What to do: Hope for a consistent spring temperatures but also plant another variety (or crabapple) that blooms at the same time.
A lot of apples last year, potentially less this year.
- Biennial Fruiting. A fairly common occurrence where your tree has a lot of fruit in one year and then not as much next year.
- What to do: Thin small fruit out (usually by hand, leaving 1 center apple/pear) and prune better next winter.