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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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Hugely different results storing apples from different trees?

So, I took a look at my apple store over this weekend. It being February, the apples have been in there a number of months. In previous years I haven't had a massive amount of success storing apples ...
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Why are my apples rotting on the tree?

I recently bought a home that has an apple tree in the backyard. I don't know much about apples (or gardening in general for that matter) and I need help with a couple of things. I'd like some help ...
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How do I care for potted apple seedlings over the winter?

On a whim, this spring, I planted several apple seeds in a large pot just to see if they would grow. Two seedlings have come up and are very healthy looking, despite being munched by deer, and the hot,...
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How can I tell if my apples are ready to harvest?

I have a young apple tree (Spartan) with a small number of nice sized apples. How can I tell if they are ready to harvest?
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What are the chances to get an edible apple from a tree grown from seed?

I am growing a few good apple trees in my roof garden, in pots. I love growing the trees, and of course love the fruit. Since I am in a warm climate, I grow appropriate apple cultivars which are ...
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What causes black spots on my apples?

I've got an apple tree in the garden which has produced a good crop, but most of the apples are covered in black spots: What is this? It seems to be some sort of fungus, but what's the best way to ...
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How can I identify an apple variety?

We put in four young apple trees a few years ago, two cookers and two eaters, four different varieties. Now that those puny trees have grown up and started to produce a substantial crop, we're ...
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What is causing this damage on my apple tree?

UPDATE On inspecting all the other branches, I found one of the branches in the following state. It shows the bark beginning to fall off the tip, explaining how the other branches have developed.I cut ...
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Storing apples - how do I improve my success rate?

Here's my apple store a few weeks after I put them into storage: As you can see, already quite a high failure rate. And even for the apples which still look sound as of today, are they still at risk? ...
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Is this an Apple tree in my new yard?

Is this an Apple tree in my new yard?? I would like to know what kind of tree this is.
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What problems can come from a tree with its graft union 5 inches above the soil line?

I planted a grafted apple tree in a pot and shortly thereafter realized the graft union is about 5-6 inches above the soil line. My gardening books and online searches recommend the union be no more ...
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Can a dwarf fruit tree grow well with just morning sun?

I ordered a dwarf "Garden Prince" almond tree and a dwarf "Fuji" apple tree and I want to keep them in a container on my balcony. The balcony gets great sun in the morning, especially in the summer. I ...
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Fruit thinning - is that really required?

I have some multi-varietal fruit trees (primarily apples and pears) that are starting to fruit in bunches of 3-4 per cluster. I am debating whether I should thin these clusters to 1-2 fruits (breaks ...
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Dwarf Apple tree in heavy clay

Today I planted an apple tree grown on dwarfing rootstock (M27). The soil at my allotment is very heavy yellow clay. But it's on a decent slope. I dug a hole the depth of the container in which it ...
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What's a good method for pruning an apple tree?

Three years ago i moved into a new house. In the garden was a lovely apple tree. The first year we harvested 10 buckets of fruit. I'm not talking small buckets, there was lots of fruit. I could ...
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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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What is this Apple disease?

Close up of lesions Close up stem side I've had this Apple tree for a couple of decades which I had always assumed it was wild since it had always produced sour small apples. For some years the ...
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What is causing the bark on my crabapple to crack and peel off?

I have a flowering crabapple in my yard whose bark has several large areas where it cracks and curls away from the wood underneath: Hover over any image for description / click for full size I don't ...
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How and when should I prune my 5 in one dwarf apple tree, including the suckers?

We have one of those 5 in one apple trees and actually got a couple of apples off of it last year. It seems like we have more trees growing off of it. There are some branch like things sprouting ...
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How can I stop mold from growing on the surface of the soil around my potted plants?

I've been growing some apples from seed. I had four growing in one pot, then transplanted them into four separate pots. They have survived the transplant I believe, but one of the pots has a light-...
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Source for apple variety information

I'm learning more about apples. Here's my dilemma: I can get about a dozen varieties from my usual supplier. Generally prairie hardy apples are not commercially viable due to their size. Now ...
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How do I prune an apple tree so it will grow short?

I was just wondering, is it possible to prune an apple tree so that it will grow short? I just would appreciate not to have to get a ladder or anything to be able to get fruit. Is it possible and a ...
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Propagate an apple tree

What is the best way to propagate an apple tree? I'm thinking the best way might be to cut off a small twig and splice into another tree, but what kind of tree would be good for this?
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How do I stop woodpeckers from killing my beloved apple tree?

I have a really old Apple tree in the yard that seems to only produce every other year. (Anybody know what's up with that?) The woodpeckers have done such a number on the trunk's bark, that it looks ...
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What is this (fungus?) on my fruit trees, and should I treat it?

I have several fruit trees (Apple, Cherry, and Peach) that all have an identical growth on the bark. It looks like a fungus to me, but I'm uncertain of the exact identification and what to use to ...
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Can I grow an apple tree by planting an apple from a nearby tree?

In our road we have a crab apple tree that has fruits but there have never been any small new trees rooting from the crab apples. Once, years ago, there were 3 crab apple trees within 100 yards but 2 ...
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How do apple trees grow?

I have a young (3 year old) apple tree growing against a wall about 5 feet high. One branch is growing towards the wall and would be perfectly placed to go over the wall except it's about a foot too ...
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Need guidance on pruning multi-varietal apple tree

I am in zone 9b and have an apple tree (multi-varietal) that has been growing in all directions because of lack of proper pruning. I am interested in knowing when I can prune this tree in my zone and ...
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How long before fruit tree grafts begin bearing fruit?

If I graft a scion from one apple tree onto another mature tree, how long will it take for the graft to begin bearing fruit?
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How do I treat a wound where a branch broke off my apple tree?

One of the secondary branches on my apple tree broke just where it joins the main branch: The branch is now hanging by just a little strip of wood and bark: Click any photo for full size I ...
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Fertilizing multi-variety fruit trees

I have a few fruit trees (apple, pears, oranges, grapes) and need to fertilize them. What is the best way to fertilize them? I am planning to use a mix of chicken manure and horse manure. Do I need ...
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How to prune 2 year old dwarf apple tree

I have recently planted this dwarf (M27 rootstock) apple tree. It said it was a 2 year old tree. Could anyone give me a good reference or video, or just detailed instructions on how to prune it ...
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What are the consequences of espalier on a non dwarf tree?

I read a recommendation that espalier should be performed with trees grafted onto dwarf roots. What challenges or problems can I expect if I don't use a dwarf tree? If it makes a difference, I'm ...
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How can I repair an apple espalier that broke off above the first lateral tier?

I have a Fiesta apple tree being trained as an espalier. I snapped the main stem, all growth in fact, above the first tier. The young tree is effectively now a T, a step-over. Will it form new shoots ...
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Apple trees for an urban backyard

I live in an urban area, but have some space in the back for an apple tree. Last fall I picked up two trees on sale at the end of the season on a whim. They've been completely destroyed by rabbits ...
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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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Why does my apple tree not bear fruit?

I currently live in southern Massachusetts. When an apple tree in my backyard blossoms and the little apples begin to show, they all disappear and begin to fall on the ground. FYI, there are also inch-...
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How to manage fruit-trees blooming for the second time in autumn?

A friend of mine has an apple tree and a walnut tree that have bloomed for the second time this year. The trees grow in a 6b hardiness zone in the Northern hemisphere where it is already autumn. Night ...
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What would make my apple seedling wilt and looks like it's dying?

I have a little apple sapling that I planted using a seed from an apple at the super market. I live in Auckland, New Zealand and my apple sapling is about 10 cm (4 in) tall. Recently it became very ...
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Could a wasp be hurting my apple tree?

First of all, my apple tree is young, just about two feet tall. More importantly my apple tree is on my porch in a pot, and it's been there for at least, say, a month or two. Also, on my porch ceiling ...
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How should I care for a potted apple seedling?

About two weeks ago, a friend of mine ate an apple and found that the seeds had already sprouted inside the apple. I thought this was pretty cool, so I put them in a cup to grow. They grew into "...
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English name of “Verde Doncella” (Spanish) apple cultivar

"Verde Doncella" is the Spanish name of an apple cultivar typical of Aragon. Does it have a different name in English?
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What's a good plan for fast and inexpensive apple tree propagation?

I'm looking for a fast way to propagate my M9 apple trees. Could you tell my if my plan is feasible? Are there any improvements to it? January 2016: Buy a M9 apple rootstock Cut all the branches off ...
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How can I determine the variety of an apple tree that hasn't fruited?

Perhaps 10 years ago I planted several apple trees on my farm. These may have been bought at the local blue or orange store and I've long since forgotten the varieties planted. I didn't keep such ...
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What are some reasons that our apple tree has no apples?

Our new house has 2 apple trees that have obviously seen better days. They appear to never have been properly pruned and are now scraggly and about 30' tall. In addition, one of the two trees didn't ...
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Relocating an apple tree - when should this be done?

A long time ago (about ten years), I put some apple seeds in the ground, and now I have an apple tree. The only problem is that it is too close to the neighbour's house, and might do some damage to it ...
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Fertilizing Over Mulch (Specifically Apple Trees)

I had a question and couldn't find the answer on here. I have apple trees I've been struggling with for a few years now, between deer, caterpillars, and other things. I've got recommended fertilizer ...
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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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How can I grow seedlings from commercial apples?

I once grew an apple seedling from the apples I bought from a fruit stand. I was trying to grow another seedling from the seeds I collected but it doesn't germinate?
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Baby apple tree under attack by…aphids? What to do?

I have a little backyard nursery which includes a few young grafted apple trees. Today I saw a bunch of ants gathering around the top of one of the baby apple trees, and green nodes seeming to pop out ...