Fruit Trees not Bearing*


My pear tree and my plum tree did not produce any fruit this year.  I self pollinated them, saw some fruit in June.  I came back in July to find no fruit. Is it the ground hog living in my yard?



As promised in my phone call when we discussed the problem of your non-bearing pear and plum trees, here are some resources for further study. The most important piece of information you gave me about the trees was that they are still very young. Please be patient with them and allow the bees to do the pollinating.

Some of the possible reasons for the absence of fruit this year are discussed in the references below.

1. Health of the tree (including the sun exposition, water, soil, fertilization, pruning)
Growing an Apple Tree in Your Yard
Fruit Trees in the Home Garden

2. Environmental Issues (Too warm weather in winter, Too cold weather in spring)
No Fruit on Apple Trees

3. Pollination Issues (Cross pollination, Spacing, Maturity, Bloom Time)
Apple Tree Pollination
Cross Pollination of Apple

4. Some fruit trees are biennial bearing which means sometimes an abundant crop is followed by more than one lean year
What is Biennial Bearing?

Another complete answer is found on the Pennsylvania State University extension website:

Why is there no fruit on my tree?

I hope your trees eventually give you many years of delicious crops.