Today is George Washington's birthday and, of course, I'm thinking about cherries. Actually President Washington had a very nice landscape at Mount Vernon. I visited a few years back and got a boxwood cutting from shrubs that were planted when he and Martha were in residence. But it's the cherry tree story that sticks with me. I can't imagine coming home and finding my cherry tree on the ground.
Few plants are as rewarding to grow as fruit trees and few gardening disappointments are as great as not getting any fruit on your fruit trees. I wish there was one easy solution, but there are several factors that can cause your fruit trees and berry bushes to either not set any fruit or devastate you by starting to set fruit and dropping it before it matures. The plant's age, pruning, sun exposure and vigor all factor in. Unfortunately, by the time you notice there's nothing there, it's too late to do anything about it. So start planning now, to enjoy the fruits of your labor.