My 3 year-old walnut tree, which I grew frm a nut myself, in the past 2 days has developed some ugly "blisters".
Does anyone know what they are and what I should do to get rid of them, please?
Panic not They're caused by the Walnut Gall Mite ... they won't harm your tree. More info here
Thank you, Dove. Wonderful to know it's not life-threatening. I do have a fondness for walnut trees and especially for this one, as I grew it myself!
Is it likely to "grow out of it" with age, do you think, or my tree and I have to learn to live with the mite?
"A woman, a dog and a walnut tree,
The more you beat them, the better they be."
Old country saying. I always wondered how the walnut tree would benefit from being beaten: would it produce more or better nuts? It turns out that it's nothing to do with nuts. Walnut is also prized as a timber for fine furniture. Apparently beating the trunk produces bruising which shows as attractive patterns in the grain.
I think it's worse on young trees and hardly noticeable on large ones. I too love walnut trees ... there was one in the veg garden on the farm when I was a child ... reminds me of home
As for the rhyme ... yes I remember various people quoting it ... if the result of beating the wood is as positive as beating women and dogs, I wouldn't waste my energy if I were you
Thank you, Dove. It certainly looks hopeful.
The reason I like walnut trees is because my grandfather had a huge one in his orchard; I loved the size of it, the nuts and the smell of its leaves!
As for the saying, well, what can I say?