As you are about to discover, my apple trees responded well to my techniques. Maybe some day we'll have the opportunity to take your advice! Organic Growers School, a 501c3 nonprofit, has been the premiere provider of practical and affordable organic education in the Southern Appalachians for 25 years. Kitty Fields from Summerland on April 24, 2013: Amazing. What? Note that by 100% Neem, Phillips is referring to the oil imported from India. Will definitely be back to read more of your work. Thanks for sharing and congrats on your well-deserved HOTD. That's a great start. (828) 214-7833 The last time I looked, I guess I was very specifically looking for the ones with peaches on them! I suspect we will have another fine harvest in summer. And to Simone and HP for making it one. The best time to plant a new apple tree is in the autumn/fall or the spring after frosts and before heat. 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. If you purchase a property with a neglected garden, you're bound to be faced with challenges. Cockatoos, galahs and other native birds will devour the fruit on any tree given the chance, but we were not convinced we'd see any growth in the old apple trees. Voted up. The old tree is blossoming beautifully again this year. I don't know how big your tree is, but the roots that obtain the most food are supposed to be the roots beneath the tree line - the tips of the outstretching branches. Learn how different types of insulation work in defending roots against cold temperatures and protecting fruit trees in winter. If you live off the grid, as I do, or simply hope to achieve a goal of being as self-sufficient and sustainable as possible, it is important to become creative about problem-solving in the garden. 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 is worthy of a Hub of the Day award! Thank you! https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=1015861331... LongTimeMother (author) from Australia on June 26, 2016: Because you were excited by 5 apples, I'm thinking your apple tree is not very big or very old. Size The leaves might die and fall from the tree, or curl and remain on the branches, where they can host pests and fungi. Nicole A. Hawthorne rust spores have been known to travel almost 14 miles. Encourage your hens to scratch and feed at the base of the tree, Hen manure, comfrey leaves, and mulch helped mine. We have lots of lovely homes for native birds and animals in the woods adjoining our home. Maybe I'll buy an apple or cherry tree....... Special thanks to Careermommy for nominating this as a Hub of the Day. Apple Tree Picture Gallery contains many photos of Apple Trees, close up images, types of apple trees, facts about and for Apple Fruit Tree identification. Where are living that you have to worry about cockatoos? Also, for next spring, is there a mixing ratio formula for Michael P. formula mentioned above? Amazing things can happen if we work hard and just believe. What type of apple is it I wonder. Japanese flowering crabapple and Sargent crabapple are hardy in USDA zones 4 through 7, and tea crabapple is hardy in USDA zones 4 through 8. 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! Absolutely amazing that you were able to rejuvenate your trees, very impressive. My current home came complete with two old apple trees. prasetio30 from malang-indonesia on April 26, 2013: Very informative hub. I found your hub very interesting and inspiring. Once severely infected, leaves may turn yellow and fall prematurely during the growing season. Congrats on a well deserved HOTD! Apple trees are perhaps one of the most popular fruit trees to grow in the home garden, but are among the most prone to disease and problems as well. 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! In her job at Reems Creek Nursery, Ruth offers advice on all sorts of gardening questions, and benefits daily from the wisdom of local gardeners. Is mulch touching the trunk of the tree? The one I'd neglected had no more than a dozen tiny apples, but my favourite one was dotted with tiny fruit. LongTimeMother (author) from Australia on April 25, 2013: I have never seen a gopher in real life. We pruned the old tree but the signs were not good. I planted a small apple tree several years ago, but apparently didn't give it enough TLC and it died. What has caused this? At the first hint of fruit, we replaced the netting. Next spring use fungicide sprays to prevent rust. (Wear gloves, they can get a little prickly. Choose a variety that flowers at the same time of year. He says, “I use the minimum amount of sulfur I can get away with during this time – about three applications on average” and warns that “sulfur applied in excess…eliminates the microbial allies that are essential for keeping disease under control in a holistic orchard”. Good luck. There's little point in having a completely unproductive tree in any orchard, but I'd never seen an apple tree so old and I agreed in principle to its removal—on the condition that I get at least one season to see if I could detect any signs of life. I'd love to stop and read them, but I've just noticed my solar batteries are lower than I'd like. I was rooting for the apple tree and you told the story so well. Your Cousins from Atlanta, GA on April 24, 2013: I learned a lot from this hub. We are planning on air laying some branches of fruit trees this year. But if your garden includes neglected fruit trees, you are gifted with opportunities. vandynegl, 10 trees already. Its future is secure. Take care, and thanks for the nice comments. I'm a city girl, but love your determination and it really paid off. I had to wash them off with soapy water in a spray bottle as my trees are so small the percentage damage is quite large this year. Thanks for your feedback :). It looks like we have some sort of orange fungus growing on our apple trees. The older tree looks good, but the younger trees are not leafing out well at all this year. eurozulu, that's a good idea to cover the dead plum tree with bird feeders. In theory, the comfrey and fennel and hens on the ground should be just as effective on a mango tree. Feel free to write back if you have any further questions! They are firm and crunchy, the way we like our apples. I have a learnt a lesson fron your hub. With this in mind, an apple tree has a simple leaf, meaning there is a single leaf structure on one stem. bydojo, hello. Who knows what the future holds ... At least you'll have a few ideas if ever you get the chance, lol. I like to think that it keeps the tree warm and protected whilst also providing extra nutrients as the leaves compost. This is a great HOTD. The time will come when you have to separate them, but that's okay. The best we could do was toss the nets up and over. 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. Kudos for making the old apple tree young again and getting it to gift you with quality apples. I'd love to see some hubs about how your grafting works out, it's not something I can do, (I kill everything I try to grow, but I keep trying anyway!,) but I love seeing other people's work on their gardens / orchards. The fence is an ordinary welded-wire fence (Home Depot) which is supported by two T-posts. What you say about dead trees is absolutely true. Please e-mail a response to me so I know I will see it. What a wonderful, inspiring story for any gardener. Rust Prevention with Fungicides/ Fungicide Possibilities: If you have a susceptible tree that you want to protect from rust, organic solutions can be tough. Lots of different types of cockatoos where I live now, not just the white ones. My methods are a little different to the advice gardeners normally offer. That's a better choice. :). by Ruth Gonzalez | Jun 24, 2013 | Organic Home Growing | 17 comments, Orange fungus on apple leaf. You may want to contact one of the holistic orchards listed here for more information on your options. My apple seeding has rust! This is the next step to help it as gave abundantly all its love!! It's great for mulch and for making a liquid food for fruit trees. That was two years ago...last year I had 5 apples on it so didn't think it had been harmed but this year, I had a few new branches and some leaves but then they all dried up and the bark began to peel off the tree. Looking back on the articles we have by and about Michael Phillips, no reference is made to mixing ratios for the formula he shares. I am delighted to tell you that the apples are wonderful. There are many moving factors…has the weather been wet or dry? I would do the same thing (and my husband would argue for firewood!). :). By my reckoning that makes them ancient. My husband and I later removed the netting because only strangely eccentric women put netting over dead apple trees. When the ground is wet, pull out any grass close to the tree trunk. :). Making fruit salad trees (multi-grafting) is really my safety plan in case for any reason I can't water all the trees. Cedar Apple Rust Gall with Telia, Photo from NC State. I can't help but wonder if it is getting some nourishment from the crutch, but the crutch looks pretty rotten and frail as well. bradley brown from Harrow Middlesex on April 24, 2013: There's something nice about dead tree's depending on what they look like, my parents have a dead plum tree which they now use for feeding the birds, just covered it with all types of feeders. Bradford pears are beautiful spring bloomers. Sometimes, early fruit drop in apple trees is just Mother Nature’s way of reducing a heavy fruit set. Unfortunately they are an extremely invasive plant. :). I look a photo inside the hole, but it was just a big dark hole and seemed a silly photo to add. :), mjkearn, thanks very much. lol. I will head over and check out some of your hubs when I get a minute. Anita Saran from Bangalore, India on October 03, 2013: What an inspiring hub! Once the trees have been infected, there is not much you can do for that year. Contact Us 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. Winter from Chicago, IL on April 15, 2013: LongTimeMother: I can't thank you enough for all your excellent advice! Liz Elias from Oakley, CA on April 25, 2013: Congratulations on HOTD! 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. We need to spread the word. Preventing further stress to the apple tree is one thing you CAN do now — make sure it is well watered and that the mulch is not touching the trunk of the tree. I have an orchard in place now, probably bigger than I need but I have lots of friends who will help me eat the fruit, lol. ), hand pick the fruiting bodies of cedar apple rust in late winter. You might be able to adapt it to gophers. Unlobed and smooth (no teeth). Then I'm thinking I will have to remove any fruit for the first year or so while the graft and the branches strengthen. When creating compound mixes myself, I simply follow the directions for each product. Hello Jackie. In some plants, leaves turn purple to red around the infection. Ive been looking for your kind of answer for years! When it's been a cold winter the best thing you can do to prepare your fruit trees for winter (even a harsh winter) is to plan ahead.. Australia is about the same size as the USA. I choose to be organic. It makes a huge difference in my garden. Sometimes we shouldn't be too quick to consider something 'dead', when some more work can bring out such wonderful results. For young trees sprinkle four or five handfuls of blood, fish and bone around the tree, but not touching the trunk, at both feed times. lol. I will certainly repay the compliment and visit hubs from all hubbers who took the time to comment here. Your current problem is a bit of a guess for me. Thanks for writing and sharing with us. It will take a long time for your babies to look like the old lady in my garden. I bought a dwarf Pink Lady apple tree that was small, but flowering, and planted it in the biggest pot I could find. 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? The disease is often most severe on young leaves, water sprouts, and green shoots. This year there was no need to drag the potted Pink Lady across the grass. lol. Ruth suggests taking another close read of this article, as proximity to cedars and spray regimens are discussed in the article. In the last couple of years it has been broken in a storm and hit by a plow. Help! The apple tree was sacred to the Celts for many reasons. Wish we had an old apple tree so we could give it new life as you did yours. However, after applying the basic principles of organic garden management, I was rewarded with a large harvest of heritage apples. Leaves that are not photosynthesizing are not aiding in the tree's process of growth; this failure to photosynthesize stops the production of nutrients and energy for growing fruit, which leads to weak or emaciated apples. All the best, Jill. B… His holistic spray is a mix of 100% neem with a little soap, liquid hydrolyzed fish, effective microorganisms (EM’s), blackstrap molasses, and liquid kelp. You write such wonderful hubs and am glad to follow you. I gave some to my mother and neighbors and for winter I was advised to store them in the garage the first two winters, away from wind, snow and ice. Each type of larvae is only feeding for approximately five to six weeks. I grew a bunch of apple trees from seed. such a great post dear i really liked it. I hope your uncle grows lots of lovely apples to share with you. Fennel provides protection from bugs, while comfrey provides food for your plants. about rust. Hello, I have a ? Winter from Chicago, IL on April 13, 2013: Wow, this was a fascinating look into your honorable persistence! (School holidays and I've had a house full of kids using everything electrical all day, lol. Most of us won’t even notice that our trees have rust initially, but by early summer the orange spots on leaves and fruit are easily visible. Ruth suggests taking another close read of this article, as proximity to cedars and spray regimens are discussed in the article. The rewards are terrific! My husband bought a Cortland Apple and a Gala Apple from TSC, both potted. The welded wire fence itself is 5 feet tall. PO Box 17804 Apple Leaf Margin and Shape. 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. LongTimeMother (author) from Australia on April 14, 2013: Yes, I think a pot is a very good idea, particularly if you are not a confident gardener. These are the green apple aphid (Aphis pomi) and the spirea aphid (Aphis spiraecola). Other Names anón, anón de azucar, anona blanca, fruta do conde, cachiman, saramuyo, grenadilla, qishta, ishta, shta, seureuba, fruta-do-conde, fruta-pinha, fruta-de-conde, condessa, pinha, ata, anona, aajaa thee, plae teib, Zimtapfel, Gishta, γλυκόμηλο, kachiman, foreign lychee (番鬼荔枝), hvaðerþetta, (शरफ/सतफल), sitaphala, seethappazham, sitaphal, sitappalam, sita phalamu, Sitas fruit, srikaya, sweetsop, sweet-sop, matomoko, conicony… I have a question about the cedar Apple rust…we have a Snowsweet variety apple tree. If I were in your situation, the first thought would be to use the old tree as driftwood for my orchids. I doff my cap to you! We have two old apple trees but they are positioned too far apart for convenience. Just Ask Susan, thank you. The apple tree does not have large leaves like leaves of teak or mango leaves. Voted up, interesting and useful. I didn't water often, but when I did I gave a thorough soaking around the root line. Most pests can either be seen, or they leave visible clues, such as eaten segments of leaves. It is amazing how you get rewarded for your persistence. When I was home, I had an apple that I had even grafted onto as a kid that still had lots of life at well over 100 years. For Certified Organic growers, many of the allowed fungicides were allowable only with restrictions, so growers should check with their certifier before application of fungicides. I'd laugh if the bird droppings fertilize the tree enough to give some new life. Consider joining CRAFT: A farmer-led effort to bring established farmers, farm apprentices, and aspiring farmers together for year-long training in the art and science of sustainable agriculture, straight from the hearts, mouths, and fields of seasoned local farmers in Western North Carolina (WNC). Grafted trees are good annual bearers with increased productivity. Most of these cause little real damage to the tree and are often best left alone. Crabapples gr… And bees to help cross-pollinate. Fresh new life springs from my tired old apple tree. But they were only young. The fruit they produce is delicious! It was time to get serious about pruning, and watering, and keeping birds and bugs away. I mulched it with comfrey leaves and watered it well while waiting for the ancient apple trees to flower. We have great big wombats in the area that dig holes in the ground (and wander slowly across the roads creating hazards at night) but none have dug up my gardens yet. Visitors were convinced the trees were dead and laughed at my stubborn determination to give the trees a chance. Generally my husband and I build a frame over a tree to be netted but the ancient apple trees are huge. So happy to see this. Ask Ruth © 2013 Ruth Gonzalez & Organic Growers School. You might need to treat the problem with a specific remedy. Thanks again. your determination is without question more than what others have. :). I don't care if it produces fruit -- I love the tree but my husband wants it gone. Don't be too savage at first. The shoots are infested by aphids. I bet it is beautiful where you are. (I can feel another hub with photos brewing ...). I was thinking that because we're here in Chicago, (the winters get very cold here,) that I should start my tree off in a pot until it's of significant height / age? Hi liesl5858. But if you want to try reviving it the way I did with mine, it won’t like the competition. I'm not surprised your apples are getting bigger. That poor old apple tree, however, was destined for the fireplace because it sits right in the middle of our block. Hello, aviannovice. I checked to see if the stone fruit trees would grow in my area and we are in the right zone. Only produces a few apples each year. Is there still treatment at this stage? I have no juniper or cedar trees on my property of 5 acres in Southwest Pennsylvania (that’s not to say my neighbors don’t). 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. I don't see any signs of insects or disease, just no leaves. Inside the hollow base. I would plant the apples that are still in pots right away. They both have apple rust. :). Ramona Jar from New York on April 24, 2013: Terrific story. If I have some with multiple types of fruit on them, they are the ones that will get special attention. Top Ten Organic Growers School Blog Posts, Journeying on the way to better farming: OGS Introduces Journeyperson program, Homestead Dreams: How hard times shed light on our destiny, Apprentice & Farm Hand Orientation w/New Roots Market Garden – WNC CRAFT, Harvest Conference Spotlight: Cee Stanley, Harvest Conference Spotlight: Patricia Kyritsi Howell, Organic Growers School Provides Mentor Services, An Abundant Time of Year: How-to Food Preservation, Bugs in your Garden: How to Identify Pests, Fruit/leaf damage is also a concern when using. :). Proper timing of the fungicide applications is vital to prevent rust. LongTimeMother (author) from Australia on April 15, 2013: Thank you, Careermommy, for nominating this as a Hub of the Day. vandynegl from Ohio Valley on April 24, 2013: Awesome! If you add mulch, keep it away from the tree trunk. Common species include Japanese flowering crabapple (Malus floribunda), Sargent crabapple (Malus sargentii) and tea crabapple (Malus hupehensis). 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). Thank you, prasetio30. Feel free to write back if you have any further questions! It’s best to complete the pruning just before the growth starts in … I gave the tree a name a love and crystal healing.. Eaxh year grew stronger and has been giving the most amaxing huge perfect apples, more each year! All of them love fresh fruit. I'll be sure to check back in now and then to ask questions and see how your apple tree is doing. I just planted 10 new trees on our property, but none of them apples! I hope this hub useful for him. Might help you keep your new tree alive longer than your past efforts. I didn't know apple trees would grow in the tropics! The leaves grow large. I am so sad that my tree may be gone. In the ten years that she'd lived here, she'd never seen an apple and had often considered chopping the trees down. You can eat the fennel and its root. We have an apple tree that was doing great until 2 years ago. That's a concept I began exploring after buying a multi-grafted apple tree. Congrats on HOTD. Hope you are able to have a mini orchard before you know it. Orchardist Michael Phillips mentions using elemental sulfur sprays in an older article and micronized sulfur in a, Cedar Apple Rust Aeciospores on Fruit, Photo from NC State. Jenn-Anne on April 24, 2013: Wonderful hub - congrats on getting HOTD! The key words here are prevention and timing. Thanks for sharing :) ps. Live oaks have long slender deciduous leaves and small acorns. With a bit of love and attention, you might share my success. Good heavy soaking around the root area once a week if you can manage it. :) Yes, try the fennel. Baby leaves are very sensitive to copper, so bordeaux mixes are usually applied when the plant is dormant. 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