Questions tagged [apples]

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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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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How to protect apple pears from getting lot of bugs?

Last year we had a decent produce of apple pears. But most of the fruits had at least one black spot on the surface. All of those fruits had some sort of bugs inside the fruit. The year before that ...
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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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Taking cuttings from apples

Does anyone have any direct experience of taking cutting from apples? I am aware that apples are usually grafted, however, I want to make comparisons between cultivars on their own roots and those on ...
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Can apple scab be treated with comfrey or other biodynamic accumulators?

In this video from Advancing Eco Agriculture it is claimed that apple scab is totally arginine-dependent for energy, and historically sprays for apple scab suppressed arginine production. In some ...
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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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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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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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When should I plant an apple tree in the UK?

Can anyone tell me what the best time is to plant apple trees in the UK? These trees will be on a trellis and will be spread wide not high.
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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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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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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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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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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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Best Practices for fertilizing fruit trees

I have some fruit trees (apple, pear, orange, pomegranate, grapes) in my small backyard and have questions about taking good care of these fruit trees from a nutritional standpoint. I am wondering ...
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How to know my apple is ripe enough to collect it [duplicate]

I have planted an apple tree (Red devil) this year , and it have some fruits (10-15). When i check the internet it says its Harvest period is first half of sep. When i tried one which was almost red ...
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How can I prevent wasps from eating my apples?

Last year, as my apples were finally approaching ripeness, nearly all of them got eaten or burrowed into by wasps. Is there anything I can do this year to prevent this from happening again?
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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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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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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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What is the maximum yield of apple tree? [closed]

I am in the plan to plant and grow some apple trees in my land in kashmir. I want to know answers for the following questions. How to plant it in proper manner? what is the method of weeding it? What ...
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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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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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Will branches on my damaged apple tree grow farther apart from each other as it gets taller?

I have an apple tree that is developing a lot of branches close together after it lost half its height due to a deer attack. As the tree grows taller again, will the new branches eventually grow with ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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What are those black spots on my apples?

I've got two apple trees in the garden and all of their apples are covered in black spots What is this? They are quite different from those What causes black spots on my apples? Any idea how to ...
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How to protect my apple tree from this disease?

So here is a picture of what I am facing Is this a sign of heart rot? What should I do? It seems to be confined to this one branch (no apples on that branch at all).
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Can I legally plant all seeds of store bought apples labeled Red Delicious?

Are store bought apple fruits that are labeled Red Delicious really the public domain Red Delicious apples, or do they sometimes do something to them and patent a slightly different apple that they ...
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Could the roots from an apple tree 10m away from my house be causing structural problems?

I have a fairly large apple tree in my garden approximately 10m from my house. It stands about 8m high. I have started getting cracks in my back 2 rooms and patio. is it likely to be the roots and ...
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What is wrong with my apple trees? [closed]

This is on some of my apple trees, can someone help me? What is going on and how do I treat it. Thanks
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Have I damaged my apple tree by cutting off a root?

I have just had an asbestos garage removed, and am having a shed put up in its place. The concrete base to the garage was cracked right through by my apple tree roots, the concrete has been removed ...
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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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Is dolgo crabapple a dwarfing rootstock?

Emerald Spire crabapple is produced by grafting onto Dolgo crabapple stock. I know that apples are commonly grafted onto crabapple rootstocks to dwarf them. On a Dolgo root stock the tree nominally ...
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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 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's the most hardy red fleshed apple for the Pacific Northwest?

I had two wonderful red fleshed apples in Birch Bay, Washington. We've moved to St. Helens, Oregon and I can't find any here. I'd love to replace them. Does anyone know where I might find these and ...
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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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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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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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Should I prune apple/ pear/ nashi tree runners in early summer?

We have a 50 year old apple tree and two 5 year old espaliered pear/ nashi trees on our property. The beginning of summer has been alternating between sunny with rainy days so everything in our ...
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What kind of land and weather is required to cultivate apples?

Actually I am a software developer, eager to do cultivation. We are cultivating tea as a family profession. I want to know, what kind of soil and environment or needed to cultivate apples?
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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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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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How do I water my two apple trees?

I have two apple trees. I have lived here for three years and I am sure they are a couple of years older than that. They are both producing fruit but I do not know how to water them. Do I put a ring ...