Help my apple tree is withering

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  1. Jubel

    Jubel Well-Known Member

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    I planted a 2 2 years gala apple tree this spring. They have been doing great, but now the leaves on one of the tree are withering from the top down.

    My other tree is fine.

    Any suggestions?
     
  2. mooman

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    I assume your watering every couple days. Describe the "wilting". Google "fire blight", I hope that's not it but.......Do the branches look like a "Shepard's Crook"? Have you checked the base (rodent damage).

    oh, I also assume you have a third apple tree as a pollinator?
     

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    Could it be planted too deep? Did you "unwind" the roots when you took it out of the pot?
     
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    3 of my new trees are doing this too! I'm heartsick :(
    Do we dig them back up if they're planted too deep?
    They were growing alright but then the leaves started to curl and dry up.
    It doesn't look like fire blight on mine.
     
  5. Jubel

    Jubel Well-Known Member

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    I looked at a picture on the internet and it looks like fire blight. The information said to cut the branches that are affected dipping the pruning tools in 1 to 5 ratio bleach spray between cuts.

    One man told me, a long time ago. to put lye soap in the top of a tree. When it rains it would wash down on the tree and protect. Does this ring true with anyone?

    3 trees for a pollinator. I was told from the apple orchard that I need at least two to cross pollinate. Did I mess up?
     
  6. Beaners

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    It is usually two different varieties, not just two different trees. Some varieties (Mutsu/Crispin might be one?) can't pollinate others so you would need three varieties. You also have to be careful about what varieties are too closely related to provide good pollination. I like this chart http://www.acnursery.com/apple_pollinizer.pdf from this site http://www.acnursery.com/acn_trees.php to figure out what specific varieties do and don't work together. Remembering that you need two varieties is a lot simpler though.

    That said, I was convinced that the apple trees at this house were the same variety. We cut down a crabapple last fall because it was diseased, and I assumed that we wouldn't have anything to pollinate our trees this year. We still have apples growing, so either I was wrong about the apples being the same variety or someone else around here has an apple tree that I haven't spotted. My guess is there is an apple tree nearby that I don't know about.

    Kayleigh
     
  7. Jubel

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    I went to a reputable apple orchard. It's Johnson's nursery in Ellijay, Ga. I would think they wouldn't steer me wrong.
     
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    Try googling "apple pollination". The key is two varieties of tree. No just two trees.

    Here is another chart: http://www.fruit-tree.com/applepollen.html
    Gala x Gala = not compatible

    It sounds like a miscommunication to me. If you like the place you bought your trees, why not ask them what's going on with the ones you have now? They should be able to help you with that. Once you've got that taken care of, you can worry about buying another tree. Or you could graft a different variety onto one of the trees. Or you could check and see if there is a nearby apple tree already that will pollinate yours.

    Kayleigh
     
  9. mooman

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    Fire blight scares me the way it spreads and festers and is bacterial. The one thing I remember is (like you said) sterilize instruments. Read up as much as you can and please update the thread on success or failure to treat.

    Beaners gave good advice on pollination. Gotta have two varieties