Odd year for fruit

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Odd year for fruit

Post: # 263299Post Odsox
Tue Jun 26, 2012 1:00 pm

I have noticed on other threads that fruit trees this year are a bit variable (to say the least)
We had pretty much the same weather as everybody else, very warm March followed by very cold April/May/June with lots of gales.
The effect that had on my black currants is quite interesting. I have two bushes, an early and a mid season side by side, the early one flowered in March and is just about ready to pick while the mid season one is just coming into flower. In fact I thought for some time that the mid season one was dead as it didn't burst it's buds until a month ago.
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My apple trees are also variable, some trees have less fruit this year and some more. I have two Bramleys 8' apart, one has hardly any fruit and the other one is heavily loaded. My Cox has 5 apples on it but my Worcester is so loaded that I will have to thin them, which really goes against the grain, but if I don't I will get a huge crop of tiny apples instead.

At least I do have some apples and so far the windy weather has stopped the scab from appearing, so not complaining.
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Re: Odd year for fruit

Post: # 263305Post boboff
Tue Jun 26, 2012 2:41 pm

Indeed, but then every year seems odd in a new way.

There seems to be very few flies aorund this year, In my mind we normally have lots of them by now, and as we had a mild winter, and everyone says that a mild winter promotes flies, this year seems the reverse? Horse flies especially I really do not like, and previously got allot of them.
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Re: Odd year for fruit

Post: # 263369Post red
Wed Jun 27, 2012 8:06 pm

tree fruit is a disaster for us this year - some of my apple trees have no fruit set on them at all!

soft fruit is doing well, picking raspberries now

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Re: Odd year for fruit

Post: # 263382Post Green Aura
Thu Jun 28, 2012 7:53 am

No change up here - the birds eat everything before it ripens. They've completely stripped a previously well hung blackcurrant bush. :oops: :lol:

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Re: Odd year for fruit

Post: # 263477Post Millymollymandy
Sat Jun 30, 2012 12:26 pm

I have no plums!!! Well, I do have damsons, so that's something. But not eating plums. :roll: Then again they are always so erratic with black rot, rust or god knows what that having none at all at least saves me wondering whether I'll get a harvest before they rot or fall off the tree. And I won't need to irrigate them either. :lol:

Soft fruit is fine and my peach tree is loaded and I'll need to seriously thin out the fruit.

I haven't been over to the orchard to see if there are any pears this year - I know there are some apples as I've seen them driving past.

One thing's for sure - there will be elderberries!
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