Dwarf trees begin producing fruit first, while seedlings require a minimum of six years of growth before fruiting. When planting an apple tree, plant two or add a crabapple Malus spp to the garden. Most apple trees are self-sterile and need to cross-pollinate with another variety to produce fruit. Depending on the variety, apple trees are hardy in U.
Growing and Caring for Apple Trees
Home Help and Advice How long before my fruit tree will start to produce fruit? How long before my fruit tree will start to produce fruit? This is one of the most frequent questions we are asked. The answer is not straightforward as there are many factors that affect when a young fruit tree will start to produce fruit. Age when fruiting begins - apple trees Most apple trees will start to produce fruit in their 3rd or 4th year - but this can vary greatly. Age when fruiting begins - plums, cherries, pear trees Plums, cherries, and pears usually start fruiting in their 4th year. Rootstock influence The rootstock on which the fruit tree is grafted has a very significant effect on the age when it will start bearing fruit.
How Long for Apple Trees to Grow Up to First Harvest?
Rootstocks Fruit trees consist of two parts - a scion pronounced sigh-on and a rootstock. The scion or fruiting cultivar is grafted or budded onto a chosen rootstock and forms the above ground part of the tree. The new tree is the same cultivar as the tree from which the buds were taken, and will produce fruit of that cultivar. In the home garden a dwarfing rootstock, when available, is preferred since it produces a more compact fruit tree that will bear fruit earlier in its life. Trees of this stature are easier to prune, spray, pick and require less space to grow.
We collect, conserve, grow and sell trees of traditional British fruit varieties. They are container grown, can be planted at any time of year and can be collected from the nursery or sent out by courier throughout the year. Please see opening times below. An 84 page descriptive catalogue is available for a modest charge. Please telephone.