Monday, April 7

Are we going to be lucky?

Do you remember back at the beginning of March our apricot tree was in full flower and I was worried about the lack of pollinators?
I was concerned that this was too early and that pollination was unlikely. I tried to help out a little with a paintbrush but nothing beats a nice hairy bee when it comes to pollination.

Since the blossom dropped I have been keeping a watchful eye on the tree - scouring the branches for any sign that we may have just a little fruit.

Yesterday I spotted a few of these - nothing comparable to the amount of blossom.
Tiny little fruitlets. There were not many so we are not set up for a glut or even going to have to consider thinning but any fruit at all will be considered a triumph.

Will the little fruits go on to develop? I hope so but nothing is certain. 


22 comments:

  1. Well, I know the feeling. It reminds me of the plum tree I had. In its entire life I think it produced just 3 plums. The blossom on my apple and pear trees is just beginning to open, which seems about the right time. I was very careful with the pruning this time, so I hope it pays off, but we are very much at the mercy of the weather.

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    1. Three aprjcots sound like a good prospect at the moment, Mark

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  2. Fingers crossed, it's looking good so far. The blossom's starting to drop on my peach tree now so I'll be watching for signs of fruit too.

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    1. It's starting to drop form our nectarine, Jo but the peach hasn't really come out yet.

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  3. You remind me to my star fruit tree. Full of flower, but no fruitlet remain. I think the down pour make it worse.

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    1. I hope we at least keep one or two Endah

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  4. Your trees must have blossomed really early. In my neck of the woods they are only just starting....and for the first time since I bought it I have blossom on my apricot tree too. Fingers crossed for both of us!

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    1. The apricot did, Tanya - maybe TOO soon.

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  5. That's good to hear, I have two and the first has no fruits at all, or maybe one which is hanging on for grim death, hoping my little peach tree does better. xxx

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    1. Now will they hang on and swell up, Snowbird?

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  6. Wonderful. The tree can put most of it's energy into growing bigger and stronger this year, with just a taste of the things to come. Gardening is for the patient!

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    1. We don't want it to be any bigger CJ as it is growing in a pot and is already big enough - stronger is fine.:)

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  7. Fruit blossoms are so pretty. Here's hoping for lots of fruit this year!

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    1. Just a taster from this one would be fine, Kelli.

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  8. If my apricot does not set fruit this favourable Spring I think it never will. Have you ever tried threatening a plant Sue?
    The bumblebees seem to prefer my more sheltered flowers and one today seemed very happy in my greenhouse!

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    1. I regularly threaten plants Roger. It is fairly sheltered where it is but it did flower very early.

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  9. Hoepfully you have few fruits to taste! ;)

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  10. Such pretty blossom... Fingers crossed you'll have a few apricots.. :o)

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    1. It was pretty Julie and if we harvest any apricots they will be even prettier!

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  11. I have been doing exactly the same on my Pear tree and Plum tree in the polytunnel Sue. So far I haven't seen any little fruitlets. Have my fingers crossed for you Sue

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    1. Our pears and plums are just flowering, Linda. The apricot flowered over a month ago and I have only just spotted fruitlets

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