Beautiful, healthy looking, 4 year old tree set thousands of little flowers and buds. Last year and this. They all fall off.
Am I expecting too much too soon? I'm not getting any younger.
It's grafted, I presume? Even in the best conditions, some just take their sweet time.Many trees are alternate bearing. If the trunk is thick enough, you might try the nail trick this fall to induce flowers.
Yep, it's grafted, and bot as a 3-4 footer about 4-5 years ago. Thot I'd heard of every trick, but the 'nail trick' is a new one one me. Trunk at the base is about 5" dia.
You've never seen anything so healthy. Covered in green, glossy leaves. And that's it. Last year, for the first time, it put out a million little buds. They all flowered. Had bees all over them. Then they fell to the ground. Every one. Ditto this year. Big disappointment. She seems very happy in her spot, however. I've never pruned it, and it's a bit scraggly; lots of low-hanging limbs. I suppose that's NOT the problem, however. Do you think it's just "time?"
I have a Fuerte that had a similar symptom. It's six years old now. In it's 4th year, it gave 9 fruit. Last year, it set few fruit, but they all fell off after becoming little smaller than golf ball sized. This year, for about two or three weeks, it did not set fruit. And literally, it dropped tens of thousands of its flowers. Until about two weeks ago, it started to set fruit. Hopefully the fruits will mature. (fingers crossed).
Forgot to add: I think the weather may have played a role in condition for setting the fruit. How is the weather in Florida? Because it has been unusually cooler in Southern California.
What is the 'nail' trick, referred to by another poster?
Very mild winter here in N.W. Florida. A rather cool spring, so far. So, are you saying it might fruit, even tho all the flowers dropped off? Did I read that right? Thanks.