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No fruit on greengage tree

Our greengage tree is about 5 years old.  Three years ago we got 5 greengages. Since then we have had no flowers. It is planted next to a cherry tree, 5years old, which also didn't fruit last year although there was an abundance of flowers. How can we solve this problem?

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  • BobTheGardenerBobTheGardener Leicestershire, UKPosts: 11,336
    I have a similar problem with my gage and think it's down to lack of water last year.  Gages don't usually start fruiting until they are 5+ so I'd advise keeping it watered during any dry spells.  Bullfinches/pigeons eating the flower buds is another possibility.  If it's a sweet cherry, then lack of fruit may be down to a pollination problem (ie you may need a second cherry tree nearby to pollinate it.)  Some varieties of 'flowering cherry' don't produce fruit though.  Do you know which varieties you have?
    A trowel in the hand is worth a thousand lost under a bush.
  • Thanks for your reply.
    The cherry is a Regina. We have had fruit 3 yrs ago but nothing since. 
    Both trees are planted in soil that usually stays damp a the bottom of the garden that gets waterlogged when it has been continuously raining for days. With the cherry tree  I even went out last year with a little brush & collected pollen to transfer to the flowers. It has a lot of flowers this year that have just finished. 
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