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    Palustris is offline Rooter
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    The apple on the far right looks more like Apple scab than capsid damage, so you may have both. You can spray with Copper sulphate for scab if you are organic, but you do need to begin early in the season and keep on doing it. therre are non organic systemic fungicides which work too, if you do not mind using them. Check the blurb on the packaging for suitability.
    You could also, now that the leaves are falling give, the trees a Winter wash. There are organic versions of these available now, based on plant extracts. This kills off overwintering eggs and pests in the bark of your trees. Then wrap a Greaseband round the trunk to catch insects crawling up the tree, or any going down to pupate in the soil. It is always worth hanging a Pheremone trap in the trees in early Spring to catch the codlin moths.
    As for your damaged tree, sorry but apple trees do not grow from cuttings. Depending on how damaged it is, you can either wait for it to regrow and then do some shape pruning later, or replace it altogether.

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    thanks guys will try the copper stuff and give them a winter wash.
    fingers crossed for next year.
    Yo an' Bob
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    take only what you need
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    and your produce will be bountifull

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    Whilst on the subject, my Bramleys have got a close black speckle to them - any ideas what that is? These are the ones picked off the tree, rather than the windfalls (though they might have it too actually). The apples themselves are fine and since I mainly peel them I wasn't too bothered. Baked apples tonight (oops turned to mush - said to OH "5 more mins" then forgot them!! - mind you, he didn't do anything about it and asked whether they were inedible!!!) and I scrubbed them and it came off. I'm sure it's fine, but wondered whether any one else had seen anything similar.

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    That sounds like a botrytis type infection. We have some Golden Delicious from my mother's garden. The tree grows near a huge sycamore wood and often gets what looks like a sprinkling of soot on the skin. Sycamores are notorious for dripping sap on to anything and everything near to them. The sap is home from home for botrytis. This washes off quite easily. The odd thing is, it continues to spread even on apples kept in the fridge!
    As for peeling Bramleys to bake them, never. Core and fill with sultanas and syrup or honey and bake, serve with cream and die happy!
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    While we're on the subject of brown spots my walnut tree in Slovenia has brown spotted leaves and a few branches seem to be dying - anyone know what that might be? I've tried asking my neighbour who has a walnut tree too but my neighbour speaks only Slovene and German and whilst I speak some German I'm not really up to discusing tree problems! My neighbour says that he will be getting a tree surgeon in next year to look at his trees and he will ask him to look at our tree too but I wonder if anyone here has any ideas about what might be wrong?
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    Not having grown walnuts I am not sure how to help you, but this site may be of assistance.
    http://www.graftedwalnuts.co.uk/pest.ihtml

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    we also have an established walnut which has brown spots on its leaves - the spots however are alomost domed (hollow under),so quite deforming.

    we had someone look at this, and it turned out to be a fairly common leaf mite - (cant remember proper name sorry) - no action can be taken, and in all other respects, the tree is happy. this years fruit was fine, and apparently you just leave it to it, and try not to worry.

    I have also been advised (by an elderly ex-tree surgeon) that any walnut pruning should *only* happen in the second week in august (yes, he was that specific) something to do with the sap.

    hope this helps

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    Thanks for the advice, Palustris and Angie Loves Veg. Maybe I should try not to worry as with most things in Slovenia things usually turn out ok after all. I just wish I spoke better Slovene!
    Jules

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