Why my tree does not bear fruit

Avocado tree

When we are about to buy a fruit tree, we do it with the intention that it will bear fruit sooner or later. But sometimes time passes and, no matter how much we pamper it, we cannot make it bear fruit. In those moments we wonder why my tree does not bear fruit and what is the mistake we are making.

Getting to taste the natural flavor of food requires patience and minimal care. If you are worried about your plant, find out what can happen to it.

It's a young tree

Young fruit trees do not bear fruit, unless they are grafted in which case it is normal that they only take about 2-3 years, maximum 4 depending on the species. And it is that, for them to bear fruit they need to have energy, an energy that we must give through the organic fertilizer regular throughout the growing season (spring through late summer / early fall).

Needs food (compost)

If your roots don't absorb the nutrients they need, they won't be able to bear fruit.. It is important to remember that the fertilizer is as important as the irrigation: both are essential to take care of our plants, especially if we want to taste their fruits.

Leftover food

An excess of subscriber, especially if it is synthetic -chemical- can burn roots and greatly weaken trees. For this reason, it is necessary to follow the instructions specified on the package to avoid the risk of overdose.

In the event that we have fertilized in excess, we must suspend the fertilizer and irrigate with lime-free or distilled water for 2-3 months.

Excessive watering

It is often thought that, if water is life, the more we give to the plants the better, but the reality is very different. If we water excessively, the roots will rot. For this reason, water only when necessary. The frequency will vary depending on the weather and the season in which we are, but generally it will be about 4 times a week in summer and every 3-4 days the rest of the year.

If we have a fruit tree that has suffered excess watering, it is important to treat it with fungicides since it is possible that mushrooms are attacking him.

Inappropriate climate

When we plant a fruit tree in a climate that is warmer or colder than would be suitable for it, it can have a lot of trouble bearing fruit. The ideal is always to choose species that are sold in the nurseries in our area, since those and not others will be the ones that best adapt to our garden.

Does not self-pollinate

There are a number of trees that need a female foot and a male foot in order to bear fruit. The self-pollinating or self-fertile varieties are the following: cherry, apple, plum, apricot, pear, peach and pomegranate.

Apple tree fruits

We hope you have been able to find out what happens to your fruit tree 🙂.


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  1.   Laura said

    I wanted to know if you could help me to know why maclura pomifera, being dioecious in principle, bears fruit.

    Thank you

    1.    Monica Sanchez said

      Hello Laura.
      It may be that it is grafted, or that there is a specimen near it.
      A greeting.

  2.   XAVIER SOPKOWSKY said

    I live in vilagarcia pontevedra and the truth is that I have a mulberry tree that fills with fruit in the spring and after 1 week or earlier one good day without more all the fruits disappear and it remains peeled without a single blackberry and so every year I would know what can happen and what I can do to get them to mature before they fall so I can eat them I would love to try them what can I do thanks

    1.    Monica Sanchez said

      Hi Javier.
      Have you paid it? It may be that you are lacking nutrients. I would recommend paying it from the end of winter to the beginning of autumn with guano for example, that it is very rich in nutrients. Thus the tree would have strength to be able to finish fruiting.
      A greeting.

  3.   michelle cross said

    Hola!
    My grandmother, before she died, left me a secret to promote fruit growth, have you done something for this?

    1.    Monica Sanchez said

      Hi Michelle.
      I do not understand what you want to say.
      A greeting.

  4.   Annette Quinonez Porras said

    Morning
    I live in Chihuahua - Mexico and here peach, nectarine, apricot and apricot grow very well,
    I have a 4-year-old apricot tree and it hasn't even blossomed. When the tree was 2 years old it broke almost in half leaving quite a few good branches and it didn't take long for it to recover.
    My concern is that it is broken in the graft and that is why it does not bear fruit. what should I do?
    Wait a couple more years? Replace it before it gets too big?
    PD I provide the indicated nutrients and I never water it or leave it too dry

    1.    Monica Sanchez said

      Hi Annette.
      I recommend waiting 2-3 more years. It's still a young tree 🙂
      Fertilize it in spring and summer with ecological fertilizers (manure, guano) once a month and make sure that it does not lack water (avoid waterlogging).
      And everything else is patience.
      A greeting.