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I have a native crabapple tree planted in light shade. It is growing very well but not blooming, hence no fruit Do you have an answer please? I have fertilized slightly over the three seasons I have had it and it is in a natural area
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"Have you had any late frosts? If so, that could kill the flowerbuds. The fact that this has happened several years in a row, though, indicates something else. You say light shade and crabapples are a sun-loving species, so depending on just how light the shade is, that could affect flower production. You might also do a soil test to make sure there is no deficiency of phosphorous, which would also affect flowering.

Luke Miller, editor
Garden Ideas & Outdoor Living magazine

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