I am so proud! Finally there are little applings growing on my 4 year old birthday tree! This year it had the most beautiful blossom so far so my hopes were up. Now there's an absolute ban on playing soccer in the garden around the tree!
Seems that the advice to support the lithe tree with a sturdy pole was a sound one, the thought behind was that there wasn't any energy left to grow fruit because it had to struggle to keep standing upright. Good job tree!