apple trees - did I learn something important?
looking for comments or advice on the following:
planted 50 bare root apple trees spring 2009. No blossoms 2010 and 2011, a few this year mostly killed by cold. trees were mulched with wood chips from the beginning and mulch was refreshed annually. I did transplant a few of these 3 year old trees this year and they were not root bound.
started adding urea last year based on advice here on foruum which has helped growth a lot.
Last spring planted 5 trees along the outside edge of pond dike. Knew it might be too wet.
One of the 5 trees on the dike (NW Greening Semi D) has done far better than any other tree I;ve ever planted. Lots of blossoms this year with subsequent apple buds (is that the right term?). This tree was in a spot that was much wetter than the others on the dike and all the rest of my trees; wet enough I thought it might die.
the performance of this tree has me asking myself if all my trees are short of water.