Fruit Problems - Knowledgebase Question

Clarence, NY
July 3, 2000
2? first a rasberrie plant was growing in grass, lastyear
was doing fine , this year I cleaned out the grass and cleaned out the area and planted strawberries, and blue berries the strawberries are questionable, the rasberries are dead, the blue berries look ok.
second I have 3 apple trees gala ,mac and a green one. what do i spray them with to keep the scabs from froming on the fruit? and how often should i do that and is there other sprays i should be using? (just moved in a year ago)

Answer from NGA
July 3, 2000
Raspberries are subject to a number of diseases, so perhaps this is what happened to the plant. Another possible reason would be moisture stress from last year's drought that is only now becoming apparent. Strawberries, too, are subject to a number of problems, many of which can be marde worse by wet weather such as we have had this year. New plants may also take some time to settle in and become established, especially if they are planted a bit late or if the soil is not very well prepared with copious amounts of organic matter so that it is both rich, humusy and moisture retentive and yet still very well drained. Since the blueberries look okay, and they require an extremely acid soil, it is possible that your soil is overly acid for the other plants. You might want to run some basic soil tests to check that and see if there are any additional amendments you need to add. Your county extension should be able to help you with the tests and interpreting the results.

With regard to apple trees, there are various preventive measures that can be taken to prevent insect and disease problems. The spray program would really depend on the incidence of diseases in your area, the variety of apple you are growing and the weather that particular year. Your county extension should also be able to advise you on the best sprays to use and on the correct timing for the sprays. Timing is very important in order for the sprays to be effective.

Your county extension can be reached at 825-0900.

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