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Fire Blight Question (again)
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Cathy in Oregon    Posted 05-29-2003 at 11:19:13       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I hate to bother you all again.. but what is the best way to keep fire blight from spreading to the other three trees?
Thanks again
Cathy


Tom A    Posted 05-30-2003 at 04:02:11       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Cathy: first off, it is never a bother when somebody asks questions...I think we all love this site so much just because we can get good answers about almost any question from all the folks here.

Anyway, I'm gonna quote from the "Ortho Home Problem Solver" because I think it has a pretty decent answer to your question:

"After the infection has stopped spreading in the summer or fall, prune out and destroy infected twigs and branches at least 12" beyond visible decay. Sterilize pruning shears with rubbing alcohol after each cut. A protective spray of basic copper sulfate or streptomycin, applied before the blossoms open next spring, will help prevent infection. Respray at intervals of 5-7 days until the end of the bloom period. To prevent excess growth of shoots and suckers, avoid high-nitrogen fertilizers. Plant fireblight-resistant varieties."

And in a table, it lists some FB resistant varieties as: Baldwin, Empire, Prima, Priscilla, Stayman Winesap. So you might want to think about adding some of these varieties.

Good luck!
Tom


hay    Posted 05-29-2003 at 12:20:34       [Reply]  [No Email]
cut down all the other trees. NO, seriously, i don't think there is any spray or chemical that will prevent fire blight. it may be spread by humans and or tools that have touched an infected blighted area and transmitted it to another plant. maybe wet, damp weather or some kind of insect. not really sure, but once it get on a tree, it is awful hard to get rid of blight. be sure to burn all prunings from infected tree.


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