Thanks for the reply. My lone 222 tree is a Golden Russet, so prob not a good sample size. At any rate, I think I will move it next March to more fertile soil, along with some other trees that aren’t doing so well.
My 890 tree is a Goldrush, and the 210 is a Honeycrisp. The GR has done OK, but not as good as I hoped. The HC has struggled as well, it just hasn’t put out many scaffolds. Plus, it got hit pretty bad by J beetles. I also have a Winecrisp, on 202, but it has not done well.
I have also lost a lot of leaves on my other fruit trees and sour cherry bushes, so not a RS problem there. We’ve had a very dry month or so, so that probably contributed to leaf loss, along with the beetles.
I don’t have any of my trees staked, as they’re not tall and top heavy enough to need them. I do have 6ft T-posts if needed.
I hear ya about weed control, I just finished up weeding and mulching the last of my trees. I have to enclose them in 3 or 4ft circular caging to keep deer out. I mowed around the cages but was lax in keeping the weeds out inside the cages. Maybe the weeds kept the trees from doing better? I know trees don’t like competition with weeds and grasses.
As far as fruiting, two G16 trees are Grimes Golden, and I think they could support a few apples next year. As well as my Rox Russet on G30. We have a big Winesap that we got from Lowe’s last year, and it is at least 10ft tall, so it should be able to handle some fruiting. I think that’s an M7 tree, the label just said ‘semi-dwarf’, plus it’s had some root suckering, which is an issue with this RS.
I have two large pears that were planted last year, a Pineapple has got about 12ft tall, and a Moonglow is about 10ft, so they could maybe be allowed to produce. But I know pears take a while.