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Old 03-22-2018, 07:37 PM
 
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I purchased 3 apple trees from home depot 3 years ago. It was end of season and got them for 15 bucks a piece. No I didn't except much but I wanted to give them a chance since it looked like they were going to throw them out anyway. Well going on the 3rd year and those little trees are still alive but have not grown at all! I figured they would grow more in this time, so are these trees just duds? I am concerned because they are all planted in prime locations in my back yard and I am afraid they will never be anything.
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Old 03-22-2018, 07:43 PM
 
Location: East of Seattle since 1992, originally from SF Bay Area
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How is the soil? The biggest cause of slow growth is hard, rocky soil. If the roots can’t grow the top will not either (I do bonsai). If the soil is bad, dig holes about 4 times the size of the root ball, add in good potting soil mixed 50/50 with the original soil (minus any rocks) and transplant before the leaves come out. Keep watered regularly for the first 2-3 years. After transplanting wait until leafed out before fertilizing. Also they will have to be in a sunny location to fruit, thought that can take 5-8 years.
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Old 03-22-2018, 08:53 PM
 
Location: North Idaho
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Apples are not fast growers anyway. Are you absolutely certain they are not on dwarfing root stock?
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Old 03-22-2018, 10:55 PM
 
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Are they planted too deep?
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Old 03-23-2018, 12:44 AM
 
Location: S.W. British Columbia
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Not enough information.

Not all apples are equal. What variety of apple are they? How tall are they now? Do you know how old they were when you got them? Have they produced any blossoms during the time you've had them? What's your growing zone or location? Are the apples in full sun or ..... ? What kind of soil are they planted in? Have you been feeding the apple trees? Are there any other kinds of trees or large shrubs planted nearby within 15 feet of the apple trees? If so, what are they?

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Old 03-23-2018, 12:50 PM
 
Location: Forests of Maine
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What kind of soil prep did you do before they were 'planted'?
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Old 03-23-2018, 11:00 PM
 
Location: Out there somewhere...
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Root bound?
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