Apple Trees
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The top of the tree is drying out

Zone NW6 3HR | annas_ldn@hotmail.com added on June 16, 2019 | Answered

I planted an apple tree in the autumn . All was fine until late spring when suddenly the top started drying out. The process is going quickly. The side branches are fine. Watering doesn't help. Can I do anything to save the tree? Could you help, please

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BushDoctor
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Answered on June 16, 2019

Unfortunately, watering was likely the ultimate cause. Staying wet for too long will facilitate a fungal or bacterial infection. I would place my bet on Fire Blight.

Unfortunately, this has no cure, but you can stop the spread. I would recommend, first, treating the soil with DOLOMITIC LIME (you may need to find this online) and WETTABLE SULFUR. This will be the first thing to prioritize is conditioning the soil, which is what this will do.

After this, there are a number of things that you can do. This article will help: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/plant-problems/disease/fire-blight-remedies-and-symptoms.htm

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