Last year our John Downie had lots of lovely fruit. We used most of it in jam-making with blackberries, elderberries, sloes and other woodland fruits. Some was even tasty enough to eat raw. We were looking forward to a similar crop this year but to our disappointment, even though there was a lot of blossom, there are very few fruits on the tree and those that are there are falling.
Next to it is a Sunset apple tree. LAst year it didn't fruit well and one branch's apples were small and tasteless but we used them to provide pectin in jam along with the crabs. This year, there are NO FRUITS at all! Could this be weather-related?
Very close to it, we have unwisely allowed a wild cherry to grow rather large this year. We will cut it down this autumn but would this have contributed to the poor fruiting of the apple trees? And if this is the cause, would we expect a better crop next year or would it take a few years to recover?
Should we be feeding both trees?
Any adice welcome!