Is my indoor-grown apple tree dying or going dormant? (w/t pictures) - Knowledgebase Question

London, Ontario
Question by mahogony
August 31, 2017
Hi Folks,

Started these apple trees from seed in August of last year (they're exactly a year old) and they have been raised and kept inside. They were doing phenomenal, but as of recently I've been noticing some brown/yellow spots on the leafs and I had one leaf fall off (see picture below) that looks just like any other fallen leaf would look during fall. My question is, are my trees going dormant or is this a fungal issue? I was under the impression that if fruit trees are kept inside, you can delay their dormancy for at least 2 years. Any help would be appreciated.
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London, Ontario
A comment from mahogony
August 31, 2017
Anyone?

Name: Christine
Saugerties, NY zone 5a
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Answer from Christine
September 1, 2017

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I see 2 things wrong, first, its not getting nearly enough light thats why its getting so tall and lanky, second, the soil looks very heavy, did you add any perlite to the mix? The leaf issue could be due to poor soil IMHO. I hope other members will have more answers for you

London, Ontario
A comment from mahogony
September 1, 2017
Hi Christine,

Firstly, thank you very much for your answer, I appreciate you taking the time to write to me.

Do you have any suggestions on how I can tackle the light issue? I do not have a better location to place them at for them to get more light. The hatch window that you see in the image is East-facing, and they approximately get 3-4 hours of direct sunlight on days that is not cloudy (and where I live it is cloudy 5/7 days). Previously I had a set-up with 4 LED lights above them that were on a timer for 9 hours a day, do you think it's worth having this set up again?

I do not know if there is any perlite in the mix, and frankly I'm scared about taking them out of the pots and mixing it with perlite and replanting them - last time I did something like that, I ended up damaging the roots of one and she died. The mix may look heavy, but it's actually quite light - it may look like that because when I took this picture the soil was very dry. The mix I used was the Miracle-Gro Potting Mix with 21-11-16 and I replanted them about a month ago with fresh potting soil in bigger pots and fertilized conservatively with 20-20-20.

Name: Christine
Saugerties, NY zone 5a
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A comment from Christine
September 2, 2017
I would set up the lights again, they need a lot of light, I was hoping other members would have more advice for you. This section is new and I only stumbled upon it the other day,maybe you should re-post In the (Ask A Question) section

Name: Carol
Santa Ana, ca
Sunset zone 22, USDA zone 10 A.
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A comment from ctcarol
September 2, 2017
The old (ask a question) forum is locked. No new questions can be posted there.

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