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Apple seedling starting to die

It's not an apple seedling; the flower buds indicate that it's some sort of other seed that sprouted in your pot and has been taking advantage of you thinking it's an apple seedling.
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What are the chances to get an edible apple from a tree grown from seed?

My experience is different. It is very easy to have a apple tree from seed. But apple trees are not auto-fertile. This mean that to have apple on a tree, you need pollen from an other trees (and ...
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Fruit thinning - is that really required?

A picture would be nice. If the trees are young, they may not yet have an extensive enough root system and canopy to support all the fruit so you end up with lots of small fruit rather then larger ...
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How do I stop woodpeckers from killing my beloved apple tree?

Since woodpeckers don't eat wood, concentrate on killing the insects that the woodpeckers are actually eating (rather than "keeping the woodpeckers away" by some means other than removing their food ...
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What is this Apple disease?

Probably Apple Scab, which is an issue where you are, as it is in many parts of the world. It's caused by a fungus, and it affects the twigs behind the fruits and often the leaves too. Some info in ...
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Fruit thinning - is that really required?

As well as the issue of small-sized fruit, another consequence of letting a tree over-crop by not thinning is that the tree may start a cycle of only producing a good crop once every two years. ...
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Fruit thinning - is that really required?

What "full size" IS depends on what you do or don't do (and/or what "June-drop" does or not do for you.) More smaller fruit - don't thin. Less larger fruit - do thin. From the tree's point of view ...
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Should I leave fallen apples (windfall) to rot under the tree?

According to this publication from the University of Wisconsin Extension, the larvae of several destructive insects can grow to maturity in windfallen apples: Apple Maggot Flies (pp. 12, 14) Codling ...
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How to know my apple is ripe enough to collect it

If you manage to catch a windfall apple before the slugs, then try that one (maybe cutting off a bruised or only slightly slug-munched side, and eating the other). If it's tasty, others with a similar ...
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Could a wasp be hurting my apple tree?

Disclaimer: we haven't identified the wasps in question Wasps are insectivores. If they are flyng back and forth between or around plants, they are on the hunt or scouting for food. The wasps' ...
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When should I plant an apple tree in the UK?

Doesn't matter whether you're fan training, espalier or cordon growing, the best time for planting trees in the UK is September or October. If they're container grown plants, you can plant at other ...
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English name of "Verde Doncella" (Spanish) apple cultivar

I think it has the same name in English. Verde Doncella. It is a Spanish cultivar, so the Spanish name of the cultivar is also used in other countries. In the Netherlands for instance we also have ...
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Top growth of new apple tree is snapped

Cut, cleanly (sharp shears, don't tear the bark) at an angle just above (but don't damage it by trying to get too close) the first bud below the break. This will have little to no effect on the ...
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Grafting apple onto mango

Grafting an apple rootstock onto a mango is unlikely to succeed due to significant genetic differences between the two species. Even if the grafting were technically possible, the mango part would not ...
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How do apple trees grow?

You could point it upward with a slip knot on a rope that's attached to something on the roof if it's not too close to the house, and still bendable enough. from what I've read it will only get fatter ...
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How do apple trees grow?

The insertion point of the branch in the trunk will not move upwards, so you can leave it for few years and get apples next years, and only in few years you will create a branch above, or just prune ...
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Can I grow an apple tree by planting an apple from a nearby tree?

Not if you just plant a whole fruit, no, very unlikely. There is a way to do it, but you need to extract the seeds from the fruit in autumn by cutting it open, lifting the seeds out carefully, then ...
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Can I grow an apple tree by planting an apple from a nearby tree?

I don't really know for crab apples, but I can tell you my experience with germinating regular apples (not necessarily on purpose). Anyway, I've found that if the ground is bare (has no grass, weeds, ...
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How do I stop woodpeckers from killing my beloved apple tree?

There is some good advice from the previous posters. However, it sounds to me that you could be dealing with a sapsucker, which is a type of woodpecker. As Ecnerwal pointed out, it can be a bit of ...
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Taking cuttings from apples

I'm dubious of the premise, but sure, give it a try. When looking into some of the more extreme propagation methods for another question, https://gardening.stackexchange.com/a/29992/6806 I found a ...
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Is this an Apple tree in my new yard?

This is clearly not an apple tree! I have many apple tree and flowers will not come with a stem that large. It is from the Prunus genus - probably ornamental, given its beautiful flowers.
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Baby apple tree under attack by...aphids? What to do?

I will recommend some organic methods since I am not too familiar with chemicals you can spray on the apple tree. Depending on the amount of tree that is infected, you can try one ore more of the ...
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When should I prune espalier apple trees?

The end of the growth season (i.e. in September) is the best time. It's easier to see what you are doing before the leaves have fallen. You missed that deadline, so do it right now. If you prune ...
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Apple tree sapling blossoming in September?

Well it's preferable if this doesn't happen, but it's not at all uncommon in the UK these days. Our weather has always been variable, but seems to be a lot more so now; if you recall, August not only ...
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Should I remove apples on my potted apple tree to allow the others to ripen?

The amount of fruit which starts to grow depends on how lucky you were with good weather when the tree was in flower, and how many pollinating insects found it. If you have literally "dozens"...
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Need guidance on pruning multi-varietal apple tree

One thing to bear in mind with family trees is that the different varieties grafted on may grow with widely different growth habits. In the worst case, one vigorous variety may produce so much foliage ...
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Need guidance on pruning multi-varietal apple tree

First get rid of all those plastic 'ties'...now before the limbs have to have them for support. Cut all vertical shoots. All shoots that are not the direction you want with this espalier. It is OK ...
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How to protect apple pears from getting lot of bugs?

There is a good chance you have Codling Moth infestation. There are pesticides that can help but you can also likely fight back without chemicals by removing much of the fruit early in the year so ...
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Baby apple tree under attack by...aphids? What to do?

Totally aphids, probably being cultivated, feed and protected by ants. I think that is so amazing. Anyhoo, the Neem should work and please spray at night. Not during the day, no matter what the ...
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