Three apple trees with no blossom
I have an orchard with 21 apple trees planted between 5 and 8 years ago on MM106 rootstock and, this Spring, three have no blossom - the rest are covered with it! Two were under the shade of a huge beech tree. One of these is a Gladstone - and produced precisely two apples last year. The other is a Cambusnethan Pippin and has never fruited. The beech was removed two months ago and I was hoping they would exult in the new-found light and fruit well this year - but apparently not - maybe they need time to get going after years of stunted growth and will fruit next year?? The other - much more surprising - non-blossomer is a Christmas Pearmain. It has cropped well for the past four years - but this year year has precisely one blossom flower. It looks healthy and the leaves are fine - but it looks quite strange surrounded by other trees hung with blossom. I'm putting it down to it just being temperamental and having an "off" year. My worst fear is that it has honey fungus. The garden has it - but, generally, healthy young trees and shrubs don't seem to get it - we have the relatively benign "gallica" variant. If anyone has any comments I'd be interested to hear them.