Missing Goumi: Fruit Drop on Young Bushes

“I purchased a goumi bush and it has grown well, but I have a
question.  This past spring, it had lots and lots of blooms, but when the
tiny fruits appeared, they dried up and fell off.  Only about a dozen fruits
matured.  Do you know what I can do to correct this problem from occuring
next year?  (It receives about 5 hours of sun, and is well watered)  Thanks
for your help.  ~Wendy”


Hi Wendy,

Thank you for the question regarding your Goumi bush.  When you have a fruit
tree or bush, it can be frustrating the first few years you have it because
you get so excited when you see all the blossoms and a lot of fruit set
initially… only to have the fruits drop off a short time later.

What you have experienced is known as fruit drop.  Given the age of your
bush, it is a perfectly normal occurrence, and not the result of something
you did wrong.  At this stage of development, your plant has a certain
amount of resources that can go into the entire seed-producing event.
Flowering, fruit set, and seed maturation all figure into this.  Each flower
that is on the bush takes a sizeable amount of resources because of the
nectar produced to attract pollinators.  The pollinators came and did a good
job of pollinating (hence the initial amount of tiny fruits).  However, the
plant just did not have enough resources remaining to grow each fruit to
maturation. The fruits were aborted and only a few that the plant could
handle remained.

Of course, as an excited gardener, it is a disappointment to see all that
potential fruit falling off the tree.  However, you have to look at it this
way:  if your bush had kept the fruit and grown it all the way to maturity,
you would have probably lost the fruit because it would have give it
everything it had.

As your Goumi bush continues to grow, you will see in increase in the amount
of fruit you have each year.  Once your plant is producing tons of fruit a
year, you may occasionally have years like this one where you will only have
a few fruits.  Don’t worry — this is called a ‘resting year’.  It is just
like what the bush is going through now — the plant knows it just doesn’t
have enough to do it all and reserves resources for growing and staying
alive rather than producing fruit.




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