How to Stop Tree Fruit


Typically, gardeners with fruit trees anticipate the fruit with eagerness as the growing season progresses. There may be times, however, when you wish your fruit tree would stop fruiting. Whether the tree is aging and the fruit quality is decreasing or you wish to avoid falling and decaying fruit on the ground beneath the fruit tree, there are ways to stop tree fruit from setting and maturing on a fruit tree.

Step 1

Spread the tarp beneath the fruit tree to catch fruit blossoms as you remove them. Set up the stepladder to enable you to reach the blossoms.

Step 2

Remove each blossom from the tree with the bypass pruners. Because blossoms will eventually become fruit, if you remove the blossoms while the tree is blossoming, the tree will not produce fruit. Remove every blossom and allow them all to fall to the ground on the tarp below.

Step 3

Remove the tarp when you finish removing the blossoms and dispose of the blossoms in a compost bin or the garbage.

Step 4

Check the tree for new blossoms for a one-week-period. If you see new blossoms, remove these also to ensure you eliminate every blossom possible.

Things You'll Need

  • Tarp
  • Stepladder
  • Bypass pruners


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Kathryn Hatter is a 42-year-old veteran homeschool educator and regular contributor to Natural News. She is an accomplished gardener, seamstress, quilter, painter, cook, decorator, digital graphics creator and she enjoys technical and computer gadgets. She began writing for Internet publications in 2007. She is interested in natural health and hopes to continue her formal education in the health field (nursing) when family commitments will allow.