Posted: 20/06/2014 at 11:26
I have a row of 3 dwarf cherry trees, more or less espalier form. When they blossomed last year, I saw very few bees about, but left them to get on with it - and had six, yes 6, cherries. I didn't bother to net them, This year, again no bees visible. I did a wee experiment; I went out with a brush and tickled the flowers - but on one side of the row only. I now have bunches of fruit swelling quite nicely on that side of the trees, but practically none on the other, only unfilled wizened little shapes. The couple of half-hours I spent on them really made a difference. I netted them yesterday, and hope for a reasonable crop.