Grow Fruit OR ELSE

To make a Barren Tree bear Fruit

Having girt and tucked up your clothes, and having taken an axe or hatchet, approach the tree with resentment, wishing to cut it down: but when any body comes to you, and deprecates the cutting of it, as if responsible for a future crop, seem to be persuaded, and to spare the tree, and it will fruit well in future.

Piero di Cosimo 051
Thomas Owen, Agricultural Pursuits (a translation of Geoponika, 1805-6)

quoted in Lost Crafts: Rediscovering Traditional Skills by Una McGovern