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Apple Tree Has Wilted Black Leaves...
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Cathy in Oregon    Posted 05-23-2003 at 10:42:22       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Well, that is just about describes my problem. I just planted the trees this spring. The other three [one yellow delicious, two jana gold] are doing just fine. The red delicious has these dried up leaves that are turning black.

The whole deal is that I would rather not spray if I don't have to.
Does anyone know what may be eating my tree??
Thanks! This is my very first effort in starting an orchard!


DeadCarp    Posted 05-24-2003 at 19:26:25       [Reply]  [No Email]
I hope you end up like our yard guy in Australia - he just had a knack for apples, we'd rented a house with an old apple tree and he asked if we'd mind if he kept the clippings - naw help yourself :) Well, some months later we stopped by his place and he showed us his Mother Apple tree. Here he'd been grafting for i don't know how many years, and that darn thing had i think 26 differet kinds of apples on it. Some tree!


Cathy in Oregon    Posted 05-25-2003 at 15:17:17       [Reply]  [Send Email]
That must have been some tree!
Thank you, I hope that your blessing will stick!
Cheers
Cathy


Cathy in Oregon    Posted 05-23-2003 at 13:37:36       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Well, thank you very much for all of the help. I googled fire blight and I am pretty sure that is what that poor tree has. These trees are only root stock and have very few branches or leaves, so I will have to [most likely] have to take the whole tree down. It was the first tree my brother, nephew and I planted together... Well, that's farming!! My momma always says "You pay your money and take your chances"
Luckily the others are fine. Maybe one day we'll get some apples!!
Thanks again. You all are so great!!


Ivey    Posted 05-26-2003 at 13:53:35       [Reply]  [No Email]
Cathy~ If you want to keep the tree for sentimental reasons, let it re-sprout from the roots,(aftre you prune off all the damage) then train it up as a single stem for a few feet, just like a new tree would look. It will, of course, be a "rootstock" tree, (but it's still an apple of some kind) and it's one you had a hand in planting! One more thing- Too much fertilizer can encourage the Fire Blight, or at least it makes a lot more tender stems for it to "burn", so easy does it on the NPK. Some varieties and a little resistant, ask your county agent.


hay    Posted 05-23-2003 at 12:45:28       [Reply]  [No Email]
i had fire blight on my pear tree. it can be pruned out, but only very carefully. after each pruning cut, dip the pruners in full strength household bleach. do it after EACH CUT. all the cutting must be taken and burned immediatly. good idea to also mow around the tree to keep the grass low. watch for any reinfestation and repeat above procedure. sometimes it gets the whole tree and the only cure is to cut it down.


Ivey    Posted 05-23-2003 at 11:54:01       [Reply]  [No Email]
Sounds like "fire blight". Prognosis is not good if it's a real young tree, because the only way to keep it from spreading is prune past the black damage and BURN the prunings. Are the growing tips turning black too?


Longmill    Posted 05-23-2003 at 12:19:58       [Reply]  [No Email]
Ivy, that was my first thought, too.

Cathy, use your favorite search engine and look up "fire blight". There are a number of sites that have pictures along with what you have to do, if you determine that's the problem.

It's a fairly common problem here in the southeast. (sigh)

Longmill


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