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Hi there.

I have a katja  (katy) apple tree now approx 7 years old. It has not fruited for a fair few years and wanted a little advice as to how to prune and when im order encourage it to fruit. The last few years I have obviously cut back to hard and it has taken offence! Any ideas greatly appreciated!

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  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 64,667

    Has your tree produced plenty of blossom? If so it's unlikely to be a pruning problem. Is there a suitable pollination partner nearby? 

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  • No flowers at all over last 3 years. It has healthy and vigorous growth which lends me to believe i have cut it back too much. Its a standalone fruit tree....the grower told me it would self pollinate and it did for a couple of years....prob yr 3 and 4 but not since....!

  • Pete.8Pete.8 Billericay, EssexPosts: 6,111

    I have a Katja (I only realised it was Katy a couple of years ago!)
    Mine is on an M9 dwarfing root stock.

    I've not pruned mine in many years and every year it's laden with fine fruit. It is also the only apple tree in my garden (although plenty more in neighboring gardens).

    It was about 9-10ft high, but had to be severely reduced in height and width a couple of months ago, so I'm not expecting much next year.

    I think the key to pruning is to leave the little stubs (?) where the flowers and fruit will form.
    Maybe you've over-pruned

    Knowledge is knowing that a tomato is a fruit.
    Wisdom is not putting it in a fruit salad.
  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 64,667
    diggitBenji says:

    No flowers at all over last 3 years. It has healthy and vigorous growth which lends me to believe i have cut it back too much. Its a standalone fruit tree....the grower told me it would self pollinate and it did for a couple of years....prob yr 3 and 4 but not since....!

    See original post

     I'm afraid the grower told porkies image Katy is self-sterile

    http://www.keepers-nursery.co.uk/fruit-trees/apple/early-season-eating-apple/katy 

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  • Thanks for that.....so whats the best course of action....planting something else as a companion pollinator? I just bought a dwarf vic plum and pear (cant remember variety) ....will that do the trick or recommend sthing else? 

  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 64,667

    Apples have to be pollinated by other apples - and they must be from the right group - if you have a look at the link I posted, there's a button to click to give you a list of suitable pollinators.

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  • Pete.8Pete.8 Billericay, EssexPosts: 6,111

    Crab apples are excellent pollinators for apples too.

    Knowledge is knowing that a tomato is a fruit.
    Wisdom is not putting it in a fruit salad.
  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 64,667

    Agreed Pete8 image

    The Orangepippin website suggests that most white-blossomed crabs are suitable for Katy   http://www.orangepippintrees.co.uk/pollinationchecker.aspx?v=1036 

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