The Q&A Archives: Falling Apples

Question: My apple trees have dropped all the apples and something is getting into them. Should they have been sprayed with something? What and when?

Answer: I'm sorry about your apples, but based on your description I can't tell you exactly what happened. Unfortunately, many apple varieties are bothered by a wide range of problems. Most gardeners have found it necessary to follow a spray regimen based on the variety of apple they are growing, the weather each season, and the conditions in their local area. (For instance, some of the sprays need to be done during the late winter to protect the next season's crop.) For a positive identification of the problem as well as advice as to the suggested sprays and timing for your specific area, you might wish to contact your local County Extension office. The telephone number in your county is 263-9226. In the meantime, be sure to remove and destroy all the apple debris both during the growing season and during the fall in order to try to minimize any future infections. Good luck with your crop next year!

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