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  • Apple tree on allotment - what’s wrong with them?

    Hello all,
    1st year of an allotment and we have a large apple tree but it has some issues...

    Firstly, all the fruit is in one or two are with nothing on the rest
    Secondly, they look like this....

    Err, how do I attach a photo??

  • #2
    You can't attach photos with a new account.
    You can just upload it to Imgur or the like and post the image URL here, though.

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    • #3
      Swag, you should be able to add a photo with 11 posts to your name.
      Is it from a camera or your phone?

      If from phone - https://www.growfruitandveg.co.uk/gr...one_94345.html
      Last edited by veggiechicken; 12-08-2019, 09:21 PM.

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      • #4
        Oh right. Somebody told me I needed 10posts before I could. Been on here three months. Ok thanks

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        • #5
          I’m on my iPad and pic is on here

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          • #6
            The little paper clip next to the smiley face?

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            • #7
              I use the square with a tree in it, on the row below the paperclip!!

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              • #8
                Test Click image for larger version

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                • #9
                  Bingo. Thanks. It was too big initially

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                  • #10
                    That's bitter pit.
                    It's caused by insufficient calcium while fruit is growing, although this is usually caused by dry soil, rather than lack of soil calcium.
                    Some varieties are more prone to it than others.
                    There's nothing you can do this year, although they're still edible, if you cut out the brown bits.

                    Next year, it may pay to water in long dry periods. Although having said that, doing so is only really practical with relatively small trees. Large trees need more water than you would be realistically capable of supplying.
                    If it's a large tree and it continues to be a problem year on year, you may need to consider just getting rid of it, maybe replacing it with a less susceptible variety.

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                    • #11
                      Looks more like scab than bitter pit to me.

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by Lardman View Post
                        Looks more like scab than bitter pit to me.
                        Those dark areas are sunken, which is indicative of bitter pit. Scab is raised and, well, scabby.

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by Lardman View Post
                          Looks more like scab than bitter pit to me.
                          My first thought was 'could be both scab and bitter pit together' but it needs some larger and closer pictures with light shining on the fruit rather than behind the fruit.

                          It's been a bad year for scab on pears (not sure how badly apples are affected - my apples rarely get scab) and a bad year for bitter pit on susceptible varieties or susceptible rootstocks (i.e. rootstocks which don't cope well with dry conditions).

                          As I've mentioned before, I find trees grafted onto M25 rootstock seem to be less prone to bitter pit.
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                          • #14
                            Whatever it is, my apples also have it. I have never had it before and the crop is only about a quarter the size it usually is.

                            Hopefully next year will be better.
                            My Majesty made for him a garden anew in order
                            to present to him vegetables and all beautiful flowers.- Offerings of Thutmose III to Amon-Ra (1500 BCE)

                            Diversify & prosper


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                            • #15
                              Me too but I have hundreds! What can I do to prevent this next year?
                              Granny on the Game

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