Many years ago, I planted a Pink Lady apple in the yard (my favourite apple). It’s never done much (about twelve months ago I found that apparently it does need a cross pollinator, after all).
We’re about to move, and given its small stature (it’s not quite as tall as me), and great sentimental value, we thought we’d try digging it out and moving it. We realise it may not survive, but given the block will be cleared within about 12 months anyway, we figured it was worth the attempt.
So, we dug it out. I did a bit of reading beforehand that suggested not pruning ahead of time—so the tree can ‘choose’ which leaves to drop. Things were looking pretty dubious for a bit. It was high summer and it was looking pretty dry with leaves dropping left right and centre. We had put the pot right near the tap so we could water it often and hoped for the best.
Finally, it seemed to stabilise. It still looked pretty iffy, but we didn’t think leaves were falling off so much. And then… We noticed flowers! Lots of them! Previously, it had produced an apple just after it went in the ground, but in the intervening years we’d had only occasional flowers, that never lasted long.
We realise that it still won’t be pollinated (at the new house we plan to get it a Granny Smith companion:-) ), but we think the flowers are a good sight that we haven’t actually killed it yet:-)



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