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I bought 3 fruit trees at Tractor Supply a week or so ago. A Honey Crisp Apple, a peach and a pear. I don't remember the exact types of the last two. Anyway, I got to thinking, and remembered hearing something about fruit trees needing to be cross pollinated or something to bear fruit.

Did I just waste my money? :(

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It has been a few years since we had fruit trees, but as I recall, some trees need pollinators & some do not--then also a bee can travel a long ways.
Were there tags with your fruit trees??? I would like to think that somewhere on the tag it would say. .

I will not be around for the rest of the weekend. I will check back here on MOnday to see if you still need some advice.If you do, I will see what I can find out for you.


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Thanks love!! I will definitely check the tags. They do have them. I didn't look at them close enough.. my bad. :/

I'm hoping to get them in the ground tomorrow. We are supposed to get rain the next five days. Figured now would be as good a time as any. :)

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Also if neighbor's have fruit trees the pollination tends to work that way. Some tree's just bear less fruit without an added pollinator. Other's are self pollinating.

I have a German plum tree, the only other plum trees are a half mile away(neighbor)...yet my tree produces profusely. thumbup


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Idk if any of my neighbors have fruit trees... not that I know of. I have 3 OLD apple trees on my property.. spread out to each end... they were here when it was a hay field.

Juniegirl, I sent you a private message. grin

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What are the exact names on your fruit trees?

Your apple tree will be pollinated by the other old trees around your property thumbup


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Good news, good news. They all say self pollinating. I've known for a while, but I'm just now getting around to posting. Been busy. :)

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That is great to hear (that your trees are self-pollinators)
Good for you !!


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Yes, I'm super happy about it. I'm still half debating on buying more anyway.. lol

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We had a few back when we lived on a 5 acre "farmette". We had some that were self-pollinating & some that needed pollinators.
The thing is the care they need. I was lucky in that my husband took care of ours. The place that you got your trees from should offer care books for each variety of tree.


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I bought the trees from Tractor Supply. I don't know about any care books. Maybe I've bitten off more than I can chew... what kind of care?

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just look the directions up online.
How to care for apple etc trees an it will google for you.


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I will look for my books & if I find them I will send them to you. We will not be planning any more fruit trees to my notion. Not real bad care really. As I remember some basic spraying & some pruning.

IF I find the books, I will message you & you can give me your address.


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Thanks Dodge, I'll probably do that. :)

Thank you Carol, that's very kind of you to offer. Do you think they need it now, or not till they get a bit bigger?

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oh no not now.....later...well. I would wait. In the book we got it showed what the tree most likely looked like & how One should prune it before planting...but we had many we did not do a thing to--they will be fine for first.
However, Dodge is right...you can look it up online.
BUT if I have the books, (just thin little books) I know we will not be using them anymore so I am ore than happy to share.


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Ok, well, we didn't do anything to ours either. I'll just keep an eye on them. I just hope they grow and thrive. :)


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