What kind of apple trees and pear trees did you plant? Some varieties of apple trees and pear trees will not cross-pollinate, whereas some will.
Here's some info we've been using, the graph below is quite helpful:Greetings,
I bought the trees from a local store. They are all the same kind of pears and the same kind of apples.
I think I'll buy a couple more pears trees and 2 more appletrees pollinators to make sure something will happen next year..
All varieties of apple trees should be cross-pollinated with another apple or crabapple variety. To attain the best fruit set on apple trees, the king blossom (the largest and first one to open) in the flower cluster must be pollinated. Thus, the bloom periods of the pollinizer and the king blossom of the apple tree must overlap.
In backyard plantings, two semidwarf apple varieties that bloom at the same time should be planted within 50 feet of each other. Two dwarf apple varieties with similar bloom periods should be spaced less than 20 feet apart to ensure the transfer of pollen between trees.
Most pear varieties are self-unfruitful. However, nearly all pears are suitable pollinizers for other varieties that bloom at the same time. One exception is Seckel, which is not a good pollinizer for Bartlett. Even though Anjou, Bartlett and Kieffer are partially self-fruitful, they should be cross-pollinated to produce heavy and regular crops. Pear flowers produce only a small amount of nectar, which is low in sugar. For this reason, more pollinizers and bees are needed for pears than for any other tree fruit.
Depends how big the apples were when they went in, usually a first year apple won't bear fruit, nor second... how old were they to start? I do not know the age. But they were 6 feet high.
2. obviously this means where are the bees? Sometimes you can attract them, they like blue, they LOVE bog sage, which survives almost anything. Perhaps some borage, queen anne's lace, other things like that to bring them around? Yes we have bees and hornets..we know, we got attacked by a swarm last Sunday my wife and I.
3. water. An apple tree will drop all its babies if there's no water. Were there any miscarriages under the trees? Not a single fruit on the tree or on the ground.
4. frost/water/weather. What was spring like? did frosts hit and kill the flowers? did winds hit and kill flowers? We had one snow this winter only. It was cold, but cold for the south. IT is Georgia, Augusta. It is like an eternal spring for us Canadians...
We have 4 appletrees with one pollinator. the pollinator is tagged yellow delicious and the 3 others are Gala apples. They are all within 150 feet.
They got plenty of water with rain and when the rain did not go for more than 4 days we have a sprinkler system for the grass and brushes that cover the appletrees also.