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What's up with my Apple tree


 
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PostPosted: Sat Jul 14, 2012 3:50 pm    Post subject: What's up with my Apple tree Reply with quote

HI,

I've two apple trees in the garden, one is doing super well, loads of fruit, grren leaves, apples look lovely. The other however is looking bear, only about 10 fruits on it and leaves a brown and patchy.

Any ideas what this is?



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PostPosted: Sat Jul 14, 2012 8:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

the leaf in the picture has suffered sun scorch while the leaves were still wet, sudden burst of heat, there is also a sign of powdery mildew on the leaf behind the main leaf caused by or encouraged by the constant bad wet weather. There may be a nutritional problem also as the growth should be stronger. Check the branches down further and see if there might be canker present and this would be a more serious problem.
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PostPosted: Sat Jul 14, 2012 11:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks a lot.

Should I post photos of branches? Other tree in garden is in really good shape. Feeding them both the same amount of food.
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 16, 2012 8:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

yes another picture would be fine , showing all the branches and show the other tree also. if there is no fruit on the tree there is less need to feed unless the soil is very poor. The shoot shown in picture with damaged leaf is good and shows vigorous growth.
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 18, 2012 10:50 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi,

First two photos are unhealthy tree, last two are the healthy one.



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PostPosted: Wed Jul 18, 2012 9:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

First two pictures show some damage to stem caused possibly by cat with traces of Canker. Your good trees are showing a great crop but there is Canker on the stem. That tree is showing good signs of healing as the cuts have formed a callous. There is one thing that I am not sure of and that is are the shoots with the damaged leaves coming from the rootstock or the apple tree itself. If they arise from the rootstock at or near ground level then they should be cut back to the point where they arise from. That is a great crop of fruit and this is not a great year for apples or is it?
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 20, 2012 2:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

So what do I need to do with the tree that looks bad? Just cut it right back?
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 20, 2012 5:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Just cut out the shoot or shoots that look different to the main part of the tree.
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PostPosted: Sun Jul 22, 2012 9:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks for all you help Michael
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