My apple tree leaves are looking well, not great. Someone said it could be thrips, then someone said it needed feeding. I just don't know what to do. It's a young tree. I got it as a dwarf tree just over a year ago.
Apple Trees just seem to attract insects and more!
I myself just had to treat my dwarf apple trees as they were munching my leaves.
I used Neem Oil as it works as both a insecticide and fungicide.
Here are a few links for you that will help.
I bought several fruit tree seedlings. I was told to just plant them in miracle-gro potting soil until they were big enough to plant in the ground (or keep in a pot, if I prefer). They are dwarf apple, cherry, plum, peach and pear. Only a few ever even turned green but then they just turned brown and the leaves fell off. I live in Hot Springs, AZ and it has been really hot this summer but I have kept them watered. What can I do to fix this? I bought them online and I can't buy anywhere in town. How can I save them?
Container plants will need daily water. If temperatures are above 85 degrees, twice daily.
It is likely the seedlings suffered from the heat and sun. If the branches bend they may still be alive but if they snap and break off, this is another indicator that the seedlings likely died.
When should I prune a dwarf apple tree in Minnesota? I have dwarf apple that sprouts lots of branches from its branches every year. They are profuse and tangled and need to be pruned. When?
Here is an article that will give you guidelines on when to prune and how to prune your apple tree:
What are bactericide brand names for fire blight treatment on above listed apple trees. We have been treating by simply removing dead leaf and buds. Is there any other treatment?
We do not recommend brands here but this link will help you with the necessary treatment and formulations needed.
Should you pull out the potted tree from its original pot in its entirety and transfer it with all the old soil still attached into the new, larger pot, or should you remove as much of the old soil as possible, thus exposing the roots, before placing in its new, larger pot complete with fresh compost?
Dig a hole that is a foot wider and foot deeper then the root ball.
Lay the pot and tree on it's side and gently slide the post from the plants roots ball.
Do not remove the soil from around the root ball, but gently tease or pull the roots on the bottom out.
Place the tree in it's new, larger pot.
Make sure the graft (the swollen part of the truck) stays at least 1" above the soil line.
Back fill the tree and tamp down to avoid air pockets.
Water your new tree well and mulch with 2 to 3 inches of hardwood mulch.
I have a fruit cage in which I grow one each of the following dwarf fruit trees i.e. braeburn apple, bramley apple, conference pear, cherry & plum trees. Also in tubs I have strawberry plants and a gooseberry bush. There are also raspberry canes growing in the soil. I was thinking of opening the door to let birds in to pick through the bark on the floor,etc over the winter. My question is, am I risking the birds picking off future buds for next season's crops?
I am not sure if this is a risk. I have heard of birds eating fruit tree buds and especially flowers, but I think this happens more in the early spring when the buds are beginning to grow and probably get more tender. Some birds may also destroy buds while looking for insects, but it sounds like this is more common once it gets warmer. So I think opening the cages would be safe in the winter as long as you shut the birds out before it gets warm again, but keep an eye on the birds' behavior just in case.
My Malling Kent dwarf tree (35yrs plus) bears many pounds annually..This year EVERY apple was brown and burrowed inside and some had a tiny fly in the core. Could you pls advise me what it may be and how to cure it...I also have an Orange Pippin which was somewhat less affected. Many txs James Scott
Unfortunaely, the only sure fire way to get rid of these is by chemical means. Here is some more information in the link after. You can click on the link within to take you to a search for your extension service. They will be able to find the chemical for you. Here is the article: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/edible/fruits/apples/apple-maggots.htm