My gardening knowledge is limited so hoping someone can shed some light on why fruit trees have started producing fruit after 8 years?
We lived in the same house for over 8 years and trees that have been in our yard the entire time that never had fruit on them before, suddenly this year have started producing fruit. One was a Japanese Plum (which I was told was rather rare) and the other tree is a pomegranate tree that's out the front of the house I am sure some sticky hands walking by will be taking those.
Is there any reason why fruit would just appear suddenly.
Welcome to Workshop Renae (@Booksinthecloud). It's great to have you as part of the community.
Your "problem" sounds like a great one to have! I'm sure some of our keen gardeners will be keen to offer some suggestions, and help ensure you keep getting plenty of fruit...
Many fruit varieties take some time to mature and to actually bare fruit so perhaps your situation isn't too uncommon. It obviously differs between what fruit and what variety you have as to how long it takes for the tree to bare fruit but again this can take quite a few years for some varieties.
Enjoy the plums and pomegranates!
All I know of the Japanese Plum is that it is commonly known as the Chinese Plum and very common in Asia and Western Australia. The fruit is used in sauces and Chinese liquor.
On the other hand, I used to have a Pom. Poms usually take 6 to 7 years to mature, so I wouldn't worry too much about 8 years to fruiting. They have a long lifespan.
When flowering they need a lot of watering, as in a good water once a week to allow it to grow the fruit. They also need a lot of sun and good drainage.
It's too late this year, but late spring (Oct-Nov) you give them wet rotten compost. This helps to heat the soil for them to bud, and eventually fruit. Harvest about 5-6 months after flowering.
And good luck.
How are your fruit trees going @Booksinthecloud?
Hope all is well and that you will soon be enjoying a well-earned Easter break.
Some varies do take years to fruit, yours taking 8 years is encouraging, some of the ones we grew from seed may set fruit in a few more years, fingers crossed!! Nature is amazing, surprises everyday!