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New Compost for Beginner

Do I need to break/crush these down at all or is it okay to let them decompose on their own? It is perfectly okay to let them decompose on their own. Breaking the fruit down will accelerate the ...
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What is this parasite / mushroom / sickness on my crabapple tree?

Cedar-Apple Rust This National Gardening Association report has good information about the problem. This is from part of that report. The first symptoms on apples are pale yellow spots on the upper ...
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Crab apples haven't flowered this year - could a warm winter be to blame?

It can happen that you'll get no flowers due to missing the "chilling" requirement (the tree's calibration for "winter happened, OK to flower now.") That is commonly described as days below 45F, so ...
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How can I tell when a crab-apple tree is dead?

It doesn't look too good - I note the bark lower down on the main trunk appears to have a longitudinal crack and parts of the bark are lifting off. Try scraping back the surface on some of the smaller ...
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Grafting crabapple Malus floribunda on M26 rootstock?

There is no obvious reason why it wouldn't work. Many UK nurseries sell crab apples grafted onto apple rootstocks One possible issue with M26 is that it doesn't produce a very strong root system, and ...
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My crabapple tree that was planted in 1987 has the same thing on the base of the tree and then it is losing a lot of branches on one side of it

The picture shows a shelf fungus, which indicates that the mycelium of the fungus has spread throughout the trunk. I'm very sorry, but this tree is terminally ill. My opinion is that you should cut it ...
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Can a crabapple scion graft to an apple rootstock?

Yes, as crabapples and production apples are the same genus and species (Malus domestica). Typically, though, it's edible apples that are grafted onto crabapples. This is often done "high" ...
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How to prevent a crab apple tree getting any taller?

Penn State University has a nice overall discussion of pruning principles. One of those principles is the ability of old wood to produce or not produce new shoots. Generally the younger the wood, the ...
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What is this parasite / mushroom / sickness on my crabapple tree?

In addition to the information here Found on a Red Cedar. What is it?, if you have any Red Cedar (Juniper) trees on your property, check them over - if you see evidence of this infection on them (and ...
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What is this parasite / mushroom / sickness on my crabapple tree?

Yes its rust, best thing to do is remove the tree entirely including the stump as it will reshoot from the base and those bits will be infected too- the fungus is systemic and has infected every part ...
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Apple Trees: Grafting multiple scions to new rootstock

Absolutely possible, though as Alex Alex stated it is very likely one graft will become dominant in the long run. My suggestion to combat this would be to plan and prune them to try and keep them ...
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How can I tell when a crab-apple tree is dead?

@Bamboo 's answer is nicely non-invasive. But let me share my thoughts (which might have better been a comment). When you decide to kill it. Take a knife and slice several cm of the base trunk(...
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How to prevent a crab apple tree getting any taller?

Unfortunately, if you wanted to grow a crabapple specifically to pick its fruits rather than simply as an ornamental tree, it would have been better to buy one or two cordon trained varieties on a ...
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Source for apple variety information

Prairie Magic: Was removed from my orchard due to vulnerability to fire blight. September Ruby keeps for 8-10 weeks. Can be over productive, must be thinned to obtain size 6.5 cm average. FB rating ...
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