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Apple tree limbs dying

Hello. I am new here and so glad to have found this forum. It has much wonderful information. My question is this - I have 2 apple trees, one is the old fashioned green apple like my grandparents used to have, sorry, but I can't remember the name, and the other one is a tree that was recommended by the nursery I purchased the trees from to polinate the other tree. These trees have been planted for 4 years. I have a few apples on them, both last year and this year, but the limbs are dying back. Very slowly, well maybe not so slowly, the apples are about the size of a marble, and on some of the limbs the dead parts are already over 8 inches down. I have asked everyone I can find, and no one can tell me what the problem is. I even wrote the nursery I purchased them from, they are reputable - not sure if we can say names here, but they cost me a pretty penny when I bought them. The leaves just turn brown and die. I spray for bugs and diseases and I fertilized last year, but not this year yet. Can anyone help. I will be glad to provice a pic if needed. Thanks so much.

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thumbnotgreen,

Sorry to hear about your trees, I know how frustrating it can be to get your hopes up and then despite your best efforts a problem arises. Bugs, disease, bad weather, animals all have caused me trouble before. It is difficult enough to identify these issues on my own stock and that much more difficult sight unseen.

Here is a link that might help. [url]https://orchard.uvm.edu/uvmapple/pest/BacktoBasics/Diseases.htm[/url]

I suggest you contact your County Extension Office, your tax dollars pay for it anyway.

[url]https://www.aces.edu/counties/[/url] Good luck.

Norm

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Thank you so much Norm. I actuallyl did contact the extension office, but they offered no help. I went to the site you listed, and now I know what it is. Fire blight. That tree there looks exactly like mine. I really appreciate the info, it was most helpful. Now I just have to figure out how to treat it, or I will probably lose the tree.

Thanks again,
Robin

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Robin,

You're welcome. Look here for information regarding the control of Apple diseases including fire blight (scroll down). I simply Googled "Apple diseases" there are more.
[url]https://www.caf.wvu.edu/Kearneysville/organic-apple.html#Fire%20Blight[/url]

Norm



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