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Lack of crabapple blossoms?

Posted by abbiejan 5/OH (My Page) on
Sun, Apr 23, 06 at 1:27

Hi -
We have a crabapple tree out front - probably about 10 yrs old. Last spring it was loaded down with blossoms. This spring there are very few. Boo hoo! I was so looking forward to its pink flowers.

Only thing diff. from last year was that we didn't prune it this past fall.

Is it supposed to get pruned yearly?

(fyi - I admit I never fertilize it ever.)

Thx! Abbie

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RE: Lack of crabapple blossoms?

  • Posted by vyrian z6, Cinti, OH (My Page) on
    Mon, Apr 24, 06 at 9:21

Our crabapple had a lot more flowering this year than in previous years, probably due to pruning in Feb/Mar. We took off dead branches and suckers. I don't fertilize either, but I sweep up the leaves from fall to decompose naturally under the tree.

RE: Lack of crabapple blossoms?

Unlike the previous years, our crabapple is loaded in blooms this year. I attribute this to the fertilizer stakes applied last summer. The stakes seem to have helped all of our ornamentals this year, and basically resusitated one very sad, non-blooming Kwanzan cherry- it is flowering beautifully right now. You might want to give the stakes a try. Good luck!

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