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I realised the other day that an old tree hidden behind an old rambling fig tree on our property looks awfully like an almond, although in the 3 seasons we have been here I have never seen any flowers on it. Three of us have compared to leaves with our known almond tree and they def look the same. Is there anything that looks like an almond but isn’t? Does anyone,know how to revive it to make it flower? It looks healthy, lots of growth, doesn’t get full sun all day as its between the fig and a red gum though. Any ideas. Thanks
Have your tried pruning it in winter? Careful pruning sometimes helps, other times hard pruning can stress them into flowering. Where are you located, I ask as many almonds have chill requirements before they will flower. Is it possible that the tree is too protected from the cold by the fig etc? Perhaps feeding the plant in Summer and Autumn will prepare it to flower. These are just thoughts, I could be way off track.
Almond, nectarine and peach are all very similar trees. I can’t always tell them apart by looking at the leaves alone as some types are indistinguishable
Thanks mulluk. I went to local nursery today and yes, the jury is out on almond v other stone fruit, but I’m still leaning towards an almond. Good point re the chill and being too protected. I’m near Willunga, south Australia, which is an almond growing region, we still have an annual almond blossom festival although more vines than almonds around these days. We need to give the fig a huge cutback next year so we can have some change to net and get some fruit for ourselves so that will open it up a bit more to both sun and chill. I’ll have to pay a bit more attention to it next year and see what happens.
I had an almond in Melbourne they flower very early
When I got a beehive I got lots of almonds
Try some P and K
maybe some seasol or compost tea
Be nice to it now and see if you get something next year
Do you need more than 1 almond tree for cross pollination as you do with plums? I know a bee keeper who takes his hives up to the big almond orchards near Mildura every year for pollination.
You do normally I had an all in one variety it was self pollinating
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