General Apple Tree Problems.
Problems of Apple Trees and how to deal with them.
There are many small
problems with apple trees that can easily be dealt with or even
Below, we list the problems that
are normally associated with apple trees. You will be very
unfortunate if you get too many of these, for growing apple trees is
relatively easy and trouble free. Apple trees often get overlooked
until near to harvest time. To keep your trees free of problems,
a routing thorough weekly inspection should be carried out.
If you have a few spots on a few - or even all
- leaves, then don't panic. You may never get to the bottom of
it - but the tree will normally live on!
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Common Problems with Apple Trees.
- Leaf dies back and withers/wilts, but stays on the tree.
- White woolly material on branches, trunk:
Woolly apple aphid
- Decline in the general vigour of the tree, with decay in
the root areas. Phytophthora Fungus.
- White speckling on Apple Tree leaves, showing up as small dots or
larger, where the upper skin of the leaf has been ruptured.
- White powdery deposit on leaves:
- Leaves on the tree rolled up or curled.
Apple aphid, leafrollers
- Maggot inside tunnelled fruits.:
Codling moth maggot,
- Light spotting of fruit:
Flower Thrips damage
- Brown spots develop on the skin and also into the flesh -
during storage. -
Bitter Pit is
probably the problem.
- Dry Brown patches on Fruit - Russeting.
- Apples Getting Smaller - Many Apples -but small! Fruit should be
thinned out early in the season to allow the best in every truss a
better chance to grow into prize apples.
- Plenty of Flowers, but no fruit! Either bad
(unlikely) or late frost spoiling the flowers and preventing insects from
- Fruit Dropping off tree in early summer.
Too many fruits for the tree to support, so it sheds a few!
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Hopefully this list will point you in the right direction to identify
your problem. Bear in mind that apple trees are BIG plants, so feeds and
spray or whatever else required are a little more difficult in
application, or slower acting than they would be with a smaller
plant such as a perennial in the border.
Many of the problems mentioned are inconvenient rather than
life-threatening - unless you allow them to get out of hand. Then they
become big problems!