The ground that provides full sunlight twenty-five feet from a five-year-old yellow delicious is hard clay. Without taking the dirt miles away to the county extension office, I thought you perhaps could share light on the subject of digging out the area of planting my new GALA, about eighteen inches in good, rich soil before it ever reaches the hard clay. I know your instructions concerning planting and will follow as stated, but will the thing live after the roots reach the unproven soil?
I suspect my golden delicious apple tree has apple rust or something similar, but it produced a LOT of apples. The apples "look" fine but I am not sure if they are safe to eat. The leaves are covered in yellow spots and the underside of the leaves have hair-like spores.
Yes, it is safe. The fungus will not affect you.
I was told that you have to have a mate or nearby apple tree in order for them to make. Please let me know. I love a Golden Delicious and need to know if this means I have to buy two.
With apples, it is not so much male and female (their flowers contain both) but rather some varieties need cross pollination (a second tree to provide different pollen), some varieties do better with cross pollination and some don't need cross pollination.
Golden delicious don't need a cross pollination tree, but they perform much better if a tree for cross pollination is present. They do not need to be both Golden delicious. In fact, some research shows that trees perform even better when the cross is a different variety.
I suspect my Golden Delicious apple tree has apple rust or something similar, but it produced a LOT of apples. The apples "look" fine but I am not sure if they are safe to eat. The leaves are covered in yellow spots and the underside of the leaves have hair-like spores. I want to make sure the apples are edible even if the tree has a fungus. My children really want to eat them! :) Additionally, how do I treat the tree so that the fungus does not return next year? Is there anything I can do for it?
The symptoms you describe are from cedar apple rust. Here is an article with information on cedar apple rust that will help you:
My research indicates that while cedar apple rust may reduce a crop, the apples are still considered edible.
I just purchased some fruit trees from the nursery (Asian pear and Yellow Delicious apple) in April. Looks like there is some sort of disease on them...possibly fire blight? Some of the branches/leaves are dying and turning black. Can someone tell me what I should do to save my fruit trees? Thanks!
I would check the trees carefully for any other signs or symptoms to help pinpoint the issue.
Did this issue start right after planting?
Is the soil right for your trees?
Watering is very important in newly planted trees. The soil should be moist but never soggy. Make sure the soil is well draining.
Most greenhouse or garden centers will guarantee new trees for 1 year.
We have a small 3 year old apple tree we purchased from a nursery. Last year it produced maybe 3 apples total, which more than we were expecting. This year we have many more on various branch types. However, some of the leaves are turning colors and/or getting spots and dying. Can you please help me figure out what is wrong and what I can do to help it? I've only been gardening a couple of years and I don't know a lot about these things. I would love to have this tree for years to come. Please help. The types of grafted branches are: Melrose, Yellow Delicious, Honeycrisp, and Gravenstein. All are semi-dwarf and we live in Oregon if that makes a difference. Thank you for your time. -Kara
This could be necrotic leaf blotch.
The link below discusses this issue.
These links discuss the common issues and disease found with Apple Trees.
Further inspection of the leaves and plants will help you.
Some of the Yellow Delicious fruit on our tree turned brown, soft, and when they fall off and hit the ground, "SPLAT"! Messy and nasty - attracting ants, yellow jackets, etc. What is causing this and how can I prevent it? The majority of the apples are wonderful.
It could be black fruit rot:
Alternatively, it could be blossom end rot, which can cause apples of the delicious varieties to go soft:
Also check whether there are any grubs or other insects inside the apples which could have caused them to rot.