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Tree is about four yrs old and have kept it pruned back to keep it around six feet high. It might be a biggy.
 We have a dwarf one sited about 15 feet away which is dwarf variety ( there when we moved in 2004)  also pear and apple. 

Q: Do the  none self  pollinating  tree  to have a mate?. Or leave it to insects.
Thanks in advance 


  • fidgetbonesfidgetbones Posts: 17,442
    Do you know what type each of them are? Conference pear and Victoria plum are self pollination, but others will need a pollinator. Apples need a pollinator in their flowering group (flowers at the same time)
  • Thanks for your quick response  fidgitbones ( you'll have to guess what they call me at home.          clue :   its  similar ) 
    Haven't a clue the dwarf plum,pear,and apples were already here when we moved in friend bough the plum tree in question but no label on it.  I will say the apple produced loads, I mean loads that it seems so heavy onside the tree has a lean straightened a bit propped with wood brace.problem was i think it was put in too shallow as whole grafting ball above ground. Not of age ( me that is) to dig it out and set it lower.
  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Posts: 86,997
    The graft point of fruit trees must be kept above ground so your tree is fine as it is.  

    Gardening in Central Norfolk on improved gritty moraine over chalk ... free-draining.

  • fidgetbonesfidgetbones Posts: 17,442
     Bit random this, but leave them alone for a year or two. If you note how many trees bearing apples and the like are by laybys, grown from apple cores thrown out of car windows.  They never get pruned, they just get on with it and produce loads. If you have a tip bearing apple, by pruning it, you will never get fruit.
  • The three existing, pear, plum and apple all bare fruit the plum being the least yield, although last year around 50. (Victoria?) guessing, one year about 90-130. couldn't believe it.

    The questionable one is the new addition  plum tree our friend purchased and gave it to us with no label or idea of name. Its about four years old now and as I said keeping it low. maybe up to 7 ft not 6 as stated.
    if its a none self pollinating then it means I will have to get it a mate so they cross pollinate and hopefully the right match.
    Thanks for your time.
  • The graft point of fruit trees must be kept above ground so your tree is fine as it is.  
    I was beginning to wonder if the tree was trying to get out of the ground it had such a lean.
    I was picking apples at angle and kept falling over until I straightened it up to almost vertical.:D

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