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Apples are widely cultivated edible fruits in the genus Malus. Use this tag for questions on both the fruit and the tree.

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Training a tip bearing apple tree

I'm thinking of growing a tip bearing apple tree in my garden and was wondering if there are any training options that would suit it. The general advice is it's not possible to grow on a cordon, but I ...
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Both my apple trees have white powder on this particular branch in this particular spot. What should I do?

I have two young apple trees that are roughly a year appart (that I grew from seeds without grafting). Both of them have one particular new branch where all the leaves and the sprout have this white ...
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Quince and apple grafting (workaround?)

I am curious about a sort of potential workaround for the issue of grafting quince and apples together. I know that with standard grafting the graft will almost certainly fail within a few years, if ...
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Fuji Apple Tree Trunk Problems

starting to get some trunk issues on a young fuji apple tree. We are also seeing tiny black ants attacking spots and trying to make holes. Can anybody give some advice on what this is or how we can ...
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Why are the leaves of my apple tree tearning yellow and brown in the start of summer?

We have an apple tree in our garden, and for the last 5 years it has been producing lots of nice apples. This year we redid the garden, but left the tree standing where it was. But now the tree has ...
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Apple Trees: Grafting multiple scions to new rootstock

I've gotten bitten by the apple grafting bug, and after some initial successes have placed an order for around 20 scions or different varieties, and around 15 MM102 rootstocks (thickness unknown, the ...
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Apple tree die back

I have a mature apple tree (well, several actually) in my back garden which is suffering from some sort of dieback. The leaves turn brown and shrivel and die. I've been cutting out all of the dead ...
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Grafting crabapple Malus floribunda on M26 rootstock?

I have an one year old M26 rootstock in my yard, and there is a gorgeous Malus floribunda in front of a building where I work. M26 is one of the commonest rootstocks for apples (Malus domesticas). ...
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Should I remove apples on my potted apple tree to allow the others to ripen?

I have a potted columnar apple tree that I bought last year. It is about 130cm high and in a pot of around 40-50L. I have had the pleasant surprise to see it forming several dozens of small apples ...
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Missed apple pruning window

I have a 5 year old spur bearing apple tree, Christmas Pippin variety. I’ve missed the winter pruning window, and it’s just starting to bud, so definitely no longer dormant. I’ve pruned the last 2 ...
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Should I leave fallen apples (windfall) to rot under the tree?

I'm co-maintaining a small orchard. Often, noone will look after it for a while. Nature conservation and tree/ecosystem health is more important for the group of maintainers than a high yield. After ...
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Can you graft onto the stump of an established apple tree?

I have some well-established Bramley apple trees - 5 of them which is 2 more than I need, so my plan was to remove 2 ad plant other varieties. But is it possible to graft a new tree onto the existing ...
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Entire apple seedling was eaten, but miraculously came back as two. Now what?

At the beginning of the pandemic, house bound, I decided I wanted to try germinating apple seeds from fruits I had consumed. After a dormancy, one of the seeds actually sprouted and I was obsessed ...
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Apple tree sapling blossoming in September?

I planted a Bramley Apple sapling 2 years ago and it has just (early September in the UK) started to blossom. Is this normal for the UK?
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How long would fruit trees take to mature if we induce early cropping?

For standard sized apple trees, it can take up to eight years for them to start producing. One common solution is to graft them onto a dwarfing rootstocks which makes them mature in just a few years. ...
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A bear pushed over my apple tree; can it be saved?

I came home tonight to find a beloved apple tree lying on the ground. I suspect a bear because I saw one yesterday climbing the same tree trying to get the apples. The tree appears completely unbroken,...
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Can Copper Fungicide be used on an apple tree with fruit already growing?

I was wondering if its possible to cover the growing apples with a plastic bag while I spray the leaves with this Copper Fungicide. I read somewhere that your not supposed to spray the Copper ...
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What should I do to this rock between apple tree branches?

There is a rock stuck inside apple tree and I cannot get it off. I have bought this garden and previous owner has put it there. I cannot get it off unless I cut some branches of tree. Should I cut it ...
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Should I tell my vineyard consultant to spray my fruit trees with the sulfur he sprays on the vineyard?

We have a very small (450 vines) pinot noir vineyard that we are raising organically. My vineyard consultant has people spray the vines with sulfur a few times each season. Last year, one of my ...
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Training Fruit trees to form low fences

I recently visited a country estate in the UK. The gardens had a number of large beds and the paths through these beds where all lined with low (2 foot or so) fences to create the barrier. The really ...
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Should I remove a secondary tree that sprouted from a dwarf apple tree?

Last year I planted a dwarf apple tree, and this year after returning from vacation it has a secondary tree that's sprouted up from around the base. Here's a photo showing what I mean: https://...
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Can I graft a Scion on a mature tree branch?

Can I graft a scion on a different variety mature tree branch? For example can I graft a Kingston Black apple scion on a Dabinett apple tree branch?
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Brown spots on Golden Delicious leaves

I started out by having some apple seeds, Golden Delicious (eco/bio), in the fridge in order to germinate them. Since September (about 2 months ago ) they have been growing in smaller pots with a ...
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Why is the seed coat opening now?

After eating a Honeycrisp apple, I thought I would dry the seeds out and attempt the germination process, just for fun. One apple produced eight seeds, so I sat them on a paper towel to dry them ...
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Can I remove water shoots at any time?

My established Bramley trees throw off an enormous amount of water shoots: This was taken earlier in the year; the ones I didn't cull have grown up to a metre in a single year (I think they must be ...
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How to prevent a crab apple tree getting any taller?

Last spring (18 months ago) I planted a 6/8 Malus John Downie crab apple tree. It has an unusually long trunk, the lowest branch is almost two metres up. As it is growing, the leader is going straight ...
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Granny Smith apple trees fruit health

I have a young apple tree and it has fruit for the first time, but most of the apples have this in them. Any advice would be welcomed.
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Spotting and dealing with water shoots

This well established Bramley tree had been left to grow wild for a few years until I pruned it strongly last year. It's now throwing new growth up like crazy and I'm not sure if these are all water ...
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Repairing a young apple tree with a snapped branch

This year I purchased a young "family" apple tree, with three varieties of apple grafted onto a single plant. It was planted in March and has flowered happily and is producing fruit. I staked it when ...
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What is my apple orchard soil type?

It's about three month that I have bought this orchard. I have have done Bottle test on my orchard soil. But my test results did not look like what I have seen in internet. So I decided to post my ...
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What are these marks on my apples?

I recognized that this year the apples on one of my trees nearly all begin to show marks like the one on the photo. The marks started as little spots and seem to grow all around the young apples. ...
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Pruned apple tree didn't flower?

I have two overgrown apple trees that haven't fruited in years. So this year in late winter I cut one of them back heavily (as high up as I could get with my ladder), and I left the other one alone ...
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Shall I cut off the suckers when my apple tree is in bloom?

I was away for 4 weeks and my apple tree became totally full of blooms!! I had not cut its suckers this year, and the last 2 years they may not have been cut properly. This is a beautiful Golden ...
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Apple tree concerns

I purchased a house with an apple tree, maybe 15' tall and 6" in diameter. The tree has two longer branches and I was wondering how to go about trimming them. If anyone can tell me where to make the ...
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What are these things on my apple tree?

I have recently bought an orchard. And one of my trees has these things on its bark. Is these some kind of infection? is it important and what should I do about it?
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Finding How many hours my orchard have been under 7°C

I have bought an orchard which has 42 apple trees 30 apricots and 22 walnuts. And I want to know if my orchard is suitable for apple farming or not. I have red that apple trees should be in a location ...
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What can I do for this apple tree in utah?

What can I do for this tree? It seems to be losing bark and it looks like moss is growing on it. Is it sick? https://drive.google.com/file/d/1ufNWtzx8jVPRrE9F_gzgduhhU4bvdNSk/view?usp=drivesdk https:...
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Have I butchered this apple tree or It was just the right thing to do?

I have seen some video Tutorials on apple tree pruning and I pruned this tree from what I have learned. But everyone in my family says You have butchered It. Is this the right thing to do or I went ...
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Pruning an ignored 8 year old apple tree

I have bought a garden recently and It seems like these apple trees have never been pruned. I don't know If I should cut down main branches to make these apple trees something like open center or ...
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Should I plant anything under dwarfing apple trees grown in containers?

I have a couple of apple trees on very dwarfing (M27) rootstock, than I have planted into patio containers, approximately 50 litres each, with a top diameter around 50cm. I am wondering whether I ...
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My poor sick apple tree - what’s the mould?

This apple tree has this growth on many of its branches (say, 30%). It also hardly produces any fruit. How can I make this tree healthier?
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Why aren't my year-old apple seedlings thriving?

I planted a variety of seeds from apples from a local orchard. They have been growing for almost a year. They are about 8" and have suffered aphids and a white powdery fungus. I have sprayed plants ...
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When should I prune espalier apple trees?

I have a row of 5 beautiful espalier apple trees (Jonagold, Granny Smith and Gravenstein) that are about 4 years old, and they put out huge amounts of growth over the summer. I've been pruning the ...
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How can I grow an apple plant from a pip?

I recently found a sprouted pip inside a Pink Lady apple. How can I grow a plant from it, preferably indoors? I live in a cool climate, in Scotland. I would just like to grow the plant; I do not mind ...
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What kind of green apple is this, and is it safe to eat it?

Can anyone tell me what kind of apple tree this is and if it’s safe to eat the apples? It’s a shame to see these go to waste but I’m afraid to eat them without knowing.
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Can root sprouts from a very old Baldwin apple be from a different rootstock?

We had a very old Baldwin apple tree (more than 100 years old) that finally fell down last year. It now seems to be developing sprouts from the roots. My question is: since this is a very old tree, ...
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Should I thin out apples or let the 'June Drop' take care of this?

June Drop is where apple trees (maybe others?) tend to fruit prolifically from every flower, then naturally thin out a lot as the fruit start to grow - typically around June. I'm unsure if this means ...
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Identify caterpillar infestation on apple tree

tl;dr; Found caterpillar nests. Should I keep them or destroy them? I spotted three caterpillar nests(?) on my apple tree. The apple tree produces green eating apples (don't know what variety). There ...
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Plucking fruit off young fruit trees?

I planted some apples and other fruit trees (plum, peaches, apricot, pears, cherries), and they are grafted on dwarf or semi-dwarf rootstock (or else are naturally semidwarf?). I'm getting close to ...
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Is there a limit how many branches I can graft onto a mature apple tree?

I have 5 mature Bramley apple trees - I think at least 10-15 years old, I do not know the rootstock but they are easily 6m high so I assume something large; they are also in great soil and get a ...
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