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RE: apple tree

Yes.  It is possible for the tree to fruit again (given the appropriate
weather without frost while the flowers and the new fruits begin to
develop.)  Apple trees frequently send up suckers.  With our apples (another
couple of houses ago) we were always cutting off the "suckers," but since
your main tree was decimated and obviously the root system was in good
shape, it is not uncommon for a sucker to become the "new tree" on the old
root stock and therefore be capable of bearing fruit too.  Here's hoping you
have a bumper crop!

Bonnie (SW OH - zone 5)

-----Original Message-----
From: owner-gardenchat@hort.net [mailto:owner-gardenchat@hort.net] On Behalf
Of Melody
Sent: Monday, April 26, 2004 5:35 AM
To: gardenchat@hort.net
Subject: [CHAT] apple tree

Can anyone on the list tell me if there is any hope for this
situation...several years ago during a horrific storm our very old apple
tree was completely decimated...ruined beyond saving with a trunk split
to the ground. We have left what is left of the trunk to rot and remove
pieces of the trunk as they do so. Over the past couple of years, the
trunk has sprouted and grown new branches, which because of the
proximity to the dog yard, we have left as they are tall enough now to
provide a decent amount of shade for the dogs. Well, yesterday...the
darn thing bloomed! Not just one or two blooms, but bunches of them. Is
it possible for this tree to fruit again in this condition? We had only
moved into the house a few months before the storm and I never got so
much as one apple off that tree before it was destroyed...what do you
guys think?

Melody, IA (Z 5/4)

"The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious."    
--Albert Einstein

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