MidWest Gardening forum: Does anyone know anything about Apple Trees -- I have a problem.....Need HELP!!!

Views: 941, Replies: 7 » Jump to the end
Name: Christine
Southeastern MN (Zone 4a)
Charter ATP Member Heucheras I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Garden Ideas: Level 2 I sent a postcard to Randy! Keeps Horses
Region: Minnesota Birds Raises cows Cat Lover Hostas Farmer
Image
Christine27360
Aug 18, 2011 7:52 PM CST
I have 2 apple trees of which the first is about 35 - 40 years old and the other about 25. Both these trees produce bumper crops of delicious apples every year. All of a sudden this year I saw a branch that was starting to have its leaves turn yellow -- then all the leaves fell off. There are apples on the branch but as you can imagine, they are not growing any more. So anyways, a branch near the first starts losing leaves -- same thing. Then all of a sudden the 2nd tree, all the leaves curl up and die on a branch and it is spreading!

Does anyone have any idea of what to do? I am thinking it is Blyte or something. I see a black patch (no oozing) on one of the branches on the first tree -- so we cut it off, then I noticed a patch on another branch -- this is something that is definitely spreading - so we cut it off. Then I noticed yesterday that the bark at the bottom of the tree is peeling off -- so I peeled it back - ear wigs everywhere. Not sure if they are the cause or just living there.

Any ideas, comments welcome -- What should I do??? Confused
"Remember this: Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously."
2 Corinthians 9:6
[Last edited by Christine27360 - Aug 19, 2011 2:27 AM (+)]
Give a thumbs up | Quote | Post #133600 (1)
Name: Maridell
Sioux City IA (Zone 4b)
enjoy the moment
Charter ATP Member Tip Photographer I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Cat Lover Lover of wildlife (Black bear badge) Region: United States of America
Garden Ideas: Level 2
Image
Maridell
Aug 19, 2011 3:13 PM CST
Oh dear. No apple tree experience here at our house, sorry. Sad
Name: Linda
Carmel, IN (Zone 5a)
Forum moderator I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Charter ATP Member Region: Indiana Dog Lover Container Gardener
Seed Starter Herbs Vegetable Grower Cut Flowers Butterflies Birds
Image
mom2goldens
Aug 27, 2011 7:34 AM CST
Christine....no experience with apple trees here, either. But you might want to try contacting your county extension office (or even check with your state extension service on line). They usually have lots of good information for both the home and commercial growers.
Name: Christine
Southeastern MN (Zone 4a)
Charter ATP Member Heucheras I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Garden Ideas: Level 2 I sent a postcard to Randy! Keeps Horses
Region: Minnesota Birds Raises cows Cat Lover Hostas Farmer
Image
Christine27360
Aug 28, 2011 9:14 PM CST
I will do that!!! Thanks so much!!
"Remember this: Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously."
2 Corinthians 9:6
Name: Susan
Zone 5b (Zone 5b)

Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Hibiscus Hummingbirder Butterflies
Image
gardenersdetective
Sep 11, 2011 9:49 AM CST
Speaking of apples, does anyone have a good list of which apples to grow for pies, apple betty, eating raw, candied, etc.?
Name: Christine
Southeastern MN (Zone 4a)
Charter ATP Member Heucheras I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Garden Ideas: Level 2 I sent a postcard to Randy! Keeps Horses
Region: Minnesota Birds Raises cows Cat Lover Hostas Farmer
Image
Christine27360
Sep 13, 2011 1:53 PM CST
I heard a sweeter apple is good for baking like a HoneyCrisp? But I am sorry I am not a cook! (secretly hate cooking and panic at the thought of it) Whistling
"Remember this: Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously."
2 Corinthians 9:6
Name: Sally
Nichols, iowa (Zone 5a)
Charter ATP Member Vegetable Grower Peonies Lover of wildlife (Black bear badge) Lilies Irises
Dog Lover Daylilies Cat Lover Butterflies Birds Region: Iowa
Image
billyporter
Jan 3, 2012 11:29 AM CST
Christine,
Maybe this is the problem, or similar to it.

Branch cankers:
Infected branches and twigs are often darker in color and the bark may appear sunken and cracked. If the bark is cut away from the infected branch reddish brown discoloration can be seen on the inner wood. Branch cankers can be avoided by pruning out infections that occur on young shoots.

Susan,
Johnathons and Yellow Delicious are a very good cooking apple. Johnathon has a a sweet/tart taste and The Y. Delicious are more sweet and also good for eating raw. Both are common apples and have been around a long time. There are many good apples tho. Miller Nurseries has many old time apples. I ordered a Famouse/Snow Apple from them because the flesh is white and good for apple sauce and cider. I grew up with one, but it wasn't my eating apple. I loved the Grimes Golden. I never expected to plant the Snow Apple, LOL!

Honey Crisp and Spetember Song, both fairly new, are THE best eating raw apples!
utsu too, but takes such a long growing season.
A small town has no secrets except itself
Name: Tom
Southern Wisconsin (Zone 5b)
Irises Vegetable Grower Butterflies Region: Wisconsin Keeps Horses Cat Lover
Dog Lover Keeper of Poultry Daylilies Celebrating Gardening: 2015
Image
tveguy3
Feb 15, 2012 6:06 AM CST
Christine27360
It sounds like you may have a fungus growing. Is it black and powdery? You may need to spray it with a fungaside spray. Have you ever listened to the Larry Meiller show on Wisconsin Public Radio? He has "Garden Talk" on every Friday at 11:00 with guests about garden issues. At times he has people who talk about trees. You can go to [url=WWW.wpr.org]WWW.wpr.org[/url] and click on his name to see the up coming shows. You can listen from your computer, call in or e-mail questions. They can ask you specific questions to give you a better idea of what you have going on.

gardenersdetective
I don't know if you have planted an apple tree yet or not. One apple that I have that I really like to make pies with is the "Bonnie Best" apple. It has a really interesting flavor and is good fresh too. I keeps pretty well too if refridgerated. It's available from Jung Seeds and Plants. I also love the Cortland for fresh eating and it make good pies too. I'm sure you know that unless you have a neighbor close by with an apple tree, you'd have to plant two varieties for pollination. Both of these trees are cold hearty.
I am not afraid of an army of lions led by a sheep; I am afraid of an army of sheep led by a lion. - Alexander the Great

« Garden.org Homepage
« Back to the top
« Forums List
« MidWest Gardening forum
You must first create a username and login before you can reply to this thread.

Today's site banner is by ge1836 and is called "Pacific Blue Ice"