Apple Tree - Knowledgebase Question

New Britain, Co
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Question by swebber7
April 3, 2010
I just bought a MacIntosh apple tree and a weeping willow. The apple tree says it needs a

Answer from NGA
April 3, 2010
You will need a second apple tree as a pollinizer for your MacIntosh. Another type of fruit tree won't work. If space is a problem, plant a dwarf or semi-dwarf apple tree. Golden Delicious is a great pollinizer for your MacIntosh. Most fruit trees can benefit from a regular spray program to prevent insect and disease problems. To avoid diseases, your apple trees can be sprayed with Bordeaux (lime-sulfur). This fungicide must be applied early and thoroughly to protect new growth. Apply according to label directions; as the buds break until the leaves are fully expanded. Do this at prepink, pink, calyx, and first cover (as directed on the label). Since fungus can overwinter in fallen leaves and fruit, be sure to thoroughly clean up and dispose of plant debris in the fall months. The horticultural oil is effective against overwintering scale insects and insect eggs and should be applied in the winter. It is sold as dormant spray. Hope this answers all your questions.

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