how to fertilize fruit trees in the fall #775299 - Ask Extension


how to fertilize fruit trees in the fall #775299

Asked October 13, 2021, 6:04 PM EDT

I have 3 fruit tree and want to know if and how to fertilize them in the fall

Hennepin County Minnesota

Expert Response

The branches of non-bearing young fruit trees should grow 12 to 18 inches per year. The branches of bearing fruit trees should grow 8 to 12 inches in a season. If growth exceeds these rates, apply no fertilizer or mulch.   Excess growth can keep fruit from developing, and new growth is more susceptible to fire blight infection. Once established, most fruit trees thrive with minimal fertilization. Mulching should provide tree with all the nitrogen your trees needs. Often the tree gets nitrogen when you fertilize your lawn. Do not fertilize your plants in Fall.  Fertilizer stimulates new growth. The growth in late summer and fall is often killed during the winter because the tree did not go dormant.
Pat Mack Replied October 13, 2021, 8:20 PM EDT
thank you for your response.

On Wednesday, October 13, 2021, 07:21:31 PM CDT, Ask Extension <> wrote:

Celia Connoy Replied October 14, 2021, 7:41 PM EDT

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