The rewards are terrific! If you have a fruit tree that's destined for the too-hard basket alongside your fireplace, I urge you to take a moment and consider the options. It makes a huge difference in my garden. Leaves that have been fed on for a period of time may look like lace with veins exposed and leaf tissue stripped away. It can be disheartening for a gardener to discover scads of small, immature apples dropping from an apple tree early in the growing season. The fennel plays a different role to comfrey. Hawthorne rust spores have been known to travel almost 14 miles. They began fruiting this year, which is great. This is worthy of a Hub of the Day award! It was time to get serious about pruning, and watering, and keeping birds and bugs away. I still didn't know if the apples would be tasty or not, but I was determined to find out. My tree is infected. LongTimeMother (author) from Australia on April 13, 2013: I guess you are talking about multi-grafted trees, Nicole. The older tree looks good, but the younger trees are not leafing out well at all this year. 59 FREE Shipping Hosted by Bard the Dragon Puppet, it introduces poetry & 13 first words: dragon, train, flower, apple, cat, grass, frog, leaf, snow, tree, cow, butterfly, & moon. I have planted one almond tree here but compared to the hazelnut trees, the almond is slow to take off. I don't care if it produces fruit -- I love the tree but my husband wants it gone. We need to spread the word. My husband just shakes his head and laughs. In the ten years that she'd lived here, she'd never seen an apple and had often considered chopping the trees down. Congratulations on HOTD! I hoped their scratching would help aerate the soil, their pecking would help eliminate any bugs in the ground and the branches, and their manure would provide much needed nourishment for the roots. We had an old mango tree, but not as ancient as your apple tree, probably about 50 years old. Our gardens provide us with fresh fruit and vegetables. If trees are infected with rust every year eventually it can begin to compromise the immune system of the tree. i have a bradford pear tree, and the leaves are falling off and they have colored spots on the leaves, and the trunk and the limbs have like green spots on them, looks like an algae or something, what can i do?? Always try the softest, least toxic remedy first. keep sharing. :). Congratulations on HOTD. This is awesome and I am inspired by what you had done. But they were only young. Compare the size of three of my comfrey leaves (grown organically, of course) with three lemon leaves. Take care, and thanks for the nice comments. That is next on our list! I'm sure you must have a lovely colony of earthworms doing good things around all the roots of your tree! Maybe you could sneak in and prune the tree a little. Hello, aviannovice. Thanks. But you just need to look at the photos to see there was nothing normal about my tree!! Please e-mail a response to me so I know I will see it. I suspect we will have another fine harvest in summer. While your friends were laughing, you showed stubborn determination to nuture the tree. Usually the apple … Is it in the ground or in a pot? She also served on the Organic Growers School Board of Directors. LongTimeMother (author) from Australia on April 27, 2013: PS. I get excited when I read other people's success stories. Your Cousins, I hope you'll try again. Ramona Jar from New York on April 24, 2013: Terrific story. I am pleased to see that you have been busy writing more hubs. Inside the hollow base. lol. The timing is very specific and is detailed in the article, along with fungicide recommendations and deeper information. Apple Tree Deer Fence. I didn't know fennel would repel pests - we have quite a few garden pests in our area, so I will have to plant some fennel to keep them away! Am I correct there is nothing to do now? Good luck with your fruit trees! Leah Lefler from Western New York on April 24, 2013: Our apple trees are just babies, but when they become old and look as if they're past producing fruit, I will remember this hub and try to breathe life back into them! We don't have a huge property--only about 3/4 of an acre--but that's certainly larger than the San Francisco backyards with which we both grew up. Is there still treatment at this stage? Cover with netting if you hope to make lots of apple pies! I don't see any signs of insects or disease, just no leaves. Try and help it grow stronger, and you may well be rewarded with apples next year. Blast the tree trunk with water from your hose, in the hope of dislodging anything that's trying to take hold. And always give your plants what they need to be strong and resilient. If I have some with multiple types of fruit on them, they are the ones that will get special attention. Hello Karen. Common species include Japanese flowering crabapple (Malus floribunda), Sargent crabapple (Malus sargentii) and tea crabapple (Malus hupehensis). We have two old apple trees but they are positioned too far apart for convenience. So the tree is hollow and yet fruits! In fact I currently have your pak choi hub open and I'm trying to get a spare moment to comment on that one as well. They can be any of these varieties when full grown (Envy, Honeycrisp, Gala or Juici) don’t matter to me what they are lol, but I noticed on the leaves this year – rust. A beautiful and informative article. We were genuinely surprised by the first signs of new life. If your apple tree is young and was recently transplanted, it could be experiencing a common problem known as transplant shock. It is very disappointing to come so close to success and be thwarted at the last moment. B… Its future is secure. Then transplant it outdoors. In the last couple of years it has been broken in a storm and hit by a plow. I am really glad to be following you. just inherited a Bramley apple which is 100+ years old with a hollow trunk, you have given me hope! You need another apple tree nearby, flowering at the same time for pollination. We don't have much of a backyard, but I'm looking forward very much to planting something called a fruit salad tree, (seriously, if you haven't heard of it, look it up, it's amazing!,) and planning out my garden in the next couple years. Depending on what part of the leaf has been eaten, apple tree pest damagecan lead to brown spots on apple tree leaves, or withering of the whole leaf. I was considering growing the fennel you mentioned above, but if you think comfrey would work better for this kind of tree that's a fantastic idea, thank-you! Fire Blight. ), I'll log in tomorrow when the sun is out again ... munch an apple, and write back! jpcmc, thank you. And to Simone and HP for making it one. This year there was no need to drag the potted Pink Lady across the grass. Cedar apple rust galls resemble something from outer space, and their spores can travel over 2 miles. I think it is a great idea. We usually get a bumper crop on one of them, a so-so-crop on another, and the third is actually dead...oh, yeah..and we accidentally killed a 4th by drowning it in an attempt to get rid of gophers without using poison or nasty traps that can injure other wildlife, such as squirrels. In late summer the apple (or host tree) produces spores that can, in turn, infect the cedar tree. LongTimeMother (author) from Australia on April 25, 2013: I have never seen a gopher in real life. These are the green apple aphid (Aphis pomi) and the spirea aphid (Aphis spiraecola). I have been back to check on that hub and saw that quite a few other hubbers have discovered it too. Good luck with yours! Anyone with an ancient apple tree, or even just an old one, should make an effort to try and rejuvenate it. Visitors were convinced the trees were dead and laughed at my stubborn determination to give the trees a chance. kittythedreamer, I hadn't thought about the Celtic relevance. Note that by 100% Neem, Phillips is referring to the oil imported from India. (828) 214-7833 I planted a small apple tree several years ago, but apparently didn't give it enough TLC and it died. The same tree is happy, healthy, and laden with apples! i did spray on a disease control from lowes and sprayed the leaves and sprayed around the trunk also. By that time, the one you buy that was probably grafted a couple of years ago should be giving you a lovely fruit salad. Apple Leaf Margin and Shape. I would plant the apples that are still in pots right away. Your tree will outgrow the pot one day anyway, or you can remove the fennel if it grows too big and just plant a little bit back in again. I've been told to expect they'll only crop well every second year ... by the same people who told me my old tree was completely dead. Wonderful story. Hello, I have a ? ComfortB, thank you. :). :). It will take a long time for your babies to look like the old lady in my garden. When the ground is wet, pull out any grass close to the tree trunk. You write such wonderful hubs and am glad to follow you. JP Carlos from Quezon CIty, Phlippines on April 24, 2013: WOW, this is an amazing hub and story. We inherited two old apple trees on our property. Sometimes we shouldn't be too quick to consider something 'dead', when some more work can bring out such wonderful results. I am also a fan of orchids. The key words here are prevention and timing. Ruth suggests taking another close read of this article, as proximity to cedars and spray regimens are discussed in the article. :). Spring rains cause the galls to swell and produce gelatinous “horns” that start producing spores. We inherited two baby apple trees when we bought our house and I love them. LongTimeMother (author) from Australia on October 03, 2013: Thank you, Anita. The fence is an ordinary welded-wire fence (Home Depot) which is supported by two T-posts. If it does come down, it will be made into many wooden spoons and probably some boat parts. My daughter *really* wants a peach tree, but I'm not crazy about peaches, I mean, they're great & all that, but if you've a good fruit bearing tree you can end up with *a lot* of that fruit, so I think a fruit salad tree is the perfect compromise for our family! It is particularly useful for protecting fruit trees from cherry and pear slug and I had seen plenty of the slugs on our hawthorn trees (also inherited) as well as my new pear trees, cherry trees, plums, apricots and peaches. PO Box 17804 (School holidays and I've had a house full of kids using everything electrical all day, lol. I have no way of knowing how much longer it will last because the trunk is still hollow and feeble looking, but this year was a bumper crop. Can I suggest you buy a comfrey plant when you get your tree. Cedar apple rust is a fungus that leaves rusty spots on the leaves of the tree. Congrats on HOTD. It seems that the treatment needs to be of at an early apple growth stage. Copper should not be applied from 1/2” green through 4-5 weeks past bloom as it can cause damage to fruit (russeting) and leaves, and should always be used cautiously once foliage appears. Hi Ruth, Thank you for the article. I'll be sure to check back in now and then to ask questions and see how your apple tree is doing. Lots of different types of cockatoos where I live now, not just the white ones. If you have an Eastern Red Cedar tree in your yard, then remove the tree (see article for more details), but the spores can travel quite a distance (miles). I have an old apple tree that is about to be taken down. Just let the tree do its thing this season and at the end of the fall spray it then spray again at the beginning of spring? This was an interesting lesson in how to resurrect an old tree. I look a photo inside the hole, but it was just a big dark hole and seemed a silly photo to add. Ive been looking for your kind of answer for years! lol. Thanks for sharing and congrats on your well-deserved HOTD. At first glance, they were no more than potential firewood. I didn't even realize that there were different varieties until after you mentioned it and I started looking for the one we were getting. Size By my reckoning that makes them ancient. Where are living that you have to worry about cockatoos? They are 2 – 3 yrs old at this point. (Wear gloves, they can get a little prickly. Thanks for the comments that are coming in, everyone. Hi liesl5858. FlourishAnyway from USA on April 24, 2013: Good for you and the tree that you had the persistence to stick with it. Asheville, NC 28816, Organic Growers School | Providing Organic Education to the Southern Appalachians Since 1993 | Google+. Each tree has maybe 4-5 leaves on it. about rust. With soap, which serves to hold the mixture to the leaves, an ounce per gallon seems to do it for most sprays — 2 oz won’t kill less hardy plants than apple trees. (Don't dig the grass, just pull it, because you don't want to harm roots near the surface.) What a wonderful, inspiring story for any gardener. Cedar Apple Rust Gall with Telia, Photo from NC State. through toys, poetry, real world objects, funny puppet shows & the enriching music of Ludwig Van Beethoven, It was re-released in 2004 with some sketch changes. They are lovely and crisp and not tart, which surprised me. Baby leaves are very sensitive to copper, so bordeaux mixes are usually applied when the plant is dormant. We're thinking about getting a stone fruit salad tree. Voted up. What? Choosing apples that are not prone to rust and fire blight is recommended — my two top choices are Liberty and Enterprise. They would have laughed louder had the netting stayed in place. If I bagged the apples (using plastic sandwich bags, for pest control) in early June, before the rust spots showed up on the leaves, will that help prevent spots on the apples themselves? I was excited to find your article. Ruth Gonzalez is a former market farmer, gardener, and local food advocate who wants to see organic farms proliferate and organic gardens in every yard. I am not always so patient. Anything ancient deserves respect! I'll be interested to hear how it works for you though. We dragged the potted Pink Lady to rest beneath the first old tree to flower, then dragged it again to spend time with the other. Has the tree been over-fertilized? I might try your technique! The leaves might die and fall from the tree, or curl and remain on the branches, where they can host pests and fungi. Learn how different types of insulation work in defending roots against cold temperatures and protecting fruit trees in winter. lol. Jenn-Anne on April 24, 2013: Wonderful hub - congrats on getting HOTD! :). The best time to plant a new apple tree is in the autumn/fall or the spring after frosts and before heat. Also consider removing any eastern red cedars on your property if you’ve got them. Best to spray copper around early to mid-spring or around blossom stage. Infected plants may appear to be sprinkled with baby powder or covered in cobwebs. What can I do to keep the rust from continuing year after year? Love and kindness can work wonders for living things, even trees. If rejuvenating an existing fruit tree increases the amount of fresh food available to you and your family, any effort becomes a small price to pay. For the most part the damage is done. I will certainly repay the compliment and visit hubs from all hubbers who took the time to comment here. Ruth Gonzalez is a former market farmer, gardener, local food advocate, and founder of the Tailgate Market Fan Club where she blogs at Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. Required fields are marked *. The fruit they produce is delicious! Don't give up on it because it is having a bad year. Once they are planted, keep them well watered. cheers! In many ways it will be easier for you to look after ... but you'll have to water it more often than if it was in the ground. Remember, the roots are likely to have grown as wide as the branches. In some plants, leaves turn purple to red around the infection. Unlobed and smooth (no teeth). FlourishAnyway, I love it when nature steps up and does something really impressive, lol. What type of apple is it I wonder. Using common sense to moderate this advice if needed, I recommend watering your apples twice a week deeply to the bottom of the root ball until mid-December and then start watering again around mid-February or when you see the buds beginning to swell. Nicole A. Thanks for the prompt. I will head over and check out some of your hubs when I get a minute. I also discovered the rust after spots appeared on leaves. I've never been to Romania. Same as you when i bought the house years ago, the former owner told me to cut the tree as you could actualy move it just with one hand! Their removal jumped close to the top of my husband's list of things to do. I will graft the stone fruit, and graft some pear trees to each other plus the citrus. We enjoy the squirrels. The apple tree was sacred to the Celts for many reasons. I was rooting for the apple tree and you told the story so well. Thank you, prasetio30. Can you imagine how happy I was to see fruit? We are planning on air laying some branches of fruit trees this year. richaloe from Oxford UK on April 14, 2013: Very interesting. I like to think that it keeps the tree warm and protected whilst also providing extra nutrients as the leaves compost. I am so sad that my tree may be gone. Apples are susceptible to three kinds of rust: cedar apple rust, quince rust, and hawthorn rust. You applied the principle of perseverance in this case. I found your hub very interesting and inspiring. The first step in cleft grafting apple trees is to take cuttings from below a healthy bud. The orange spots on your apple trees are a type of rust. :). Just Ask Susan, thank you. I'll be over to take a look soon. We inherited two baby apple trees when we bought our house and I love them. Thanks for sharing :) ps. What is the best way to fight this while keeping our apple trees organic? We pruned most of the top of the tree but I was reluctant to give it too much of a shock, and insisted we keep the low hanging branches to enable me to create new roots for a new generation of tree when they touched the ground within a few years. I've had apples every year since I started and they are gradually getting bigger too. Kitty Fields from Summerland on April 24, 2013: Amazing. ), hand pick the fruiting bodies of cedar apple rust in late winter. I won't know until next year whether or not I can expect the same level of success. I plant fennel as protection for all my fruit trees, including apples. We need more good food in the world! Ask questions at your local plant nursery or from other local gardeners because they'll have a better idea of your local pests and diseases. I bet it is beautiful where you are. Gave me something to work! The best time to prune apple trees is either late in the winter or early in the spring because that’s the time when the tree is entering a dormant state after shedding its leaves and before new buds appear. I'll have to take a look at your hubs and see what I can learn. The apples turned red, as you'll see in the bottom photo. I'll keep my fingers crossed. Each type of larvae is only feeding for approximately five to six weeks. LongTimeMother (author) from Australia on April 15, 2013: Thank you, Careermommy, for nominating this as a Hub of the Day. I had plenty of time to make further improvements before my third season arrived. by Ruth Gonzalez | Jun 24, 2013 | Organic Home Growing | 17 comments, Orange fungus on apple leaf. Pick them and use them to feed your tree. I watered and mulched the new apple trees, but I gave extra attention to the grand old lady with the crutch. I'd love to stop and read them, but I've just noticed my solar batteries are lower than I'd like. I bought a dwarf Pink Lady apple tree that was small, but flowering, and planted it in the biggest pot I could find. :). Live oaks have long slender deciduous leaves and small acorns. The one I'd neglected had no more than a dozen tiny apples, but my favourite one was dotted with tiny fruit. I also intend to experiment with my stone fruits. Thanks for the compliments. :). Only produces a few apples each year. I am delighted to tell you that the apples are wonderful. As you can see from my photos, the tree was so old it had created its own crutch. Question: The leaves on the young shoots of my apple tree are curled and sticky. This disease commonly affects Juniper, Cedar, and Apple Trees. If you add mulch, keep it away from the tree trunk. 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