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Apple disease

I planted about a dozen fruit trees in my walled garden 3 years ago. Last year one of the apple trees, Falstaff, had a lot of redish/brown blotches on nearly all the fruit.
This year it had spread to the next tree, Jongola, and there are also holes in some of the apples. I thought perhaps the blotches are weaken the skin and some bug gettin in to eat them. Now the next tree, Fiesta, has the holes but hardly a blotch. All the trees are against an old lime plaster wall and I know the soil and water retention are not good.

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Fiesta

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  • Possibly birds taking advantage of the soft spots.

    Not a fruit tree expert, so I don't know the cause of them, but it looks fungal to me.

  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 77,465

    I think that may be Apple scab ... info and advice here 

    https://www.rhs.org.uk/advice/profile?PID=81 

    Something, probably birds but possibly squirrels or even large slugs/snails have then been taking advantage of the soft spots.

    Last edited: 09 October 2017 11:08:36

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  • pansyfacepansyface PEAK DISTRICT DerbyshirePosts: 20,154

    APPLE NO 2 MIGHT HAVE BITTER PIT. DO THE BLOTCHES GO RIGHT INTO THE FLESH? 

    IF NOT, THEN IT'S PROBABLY SCAB. YOU CAN STILL EAT SCABBY APPLES IF YOU PEEL THEM.

    DEFINITELY GOT A LITTLE GARDEN HELPER THERE. BIRDS, MICE, SQUIRRELS, VOLES?

    Apophthegm -  a big word for a small thought.
  • Thanks guys, looks like the issue is scab. Some work to do.

    I have lots of birds  so probably they are making the holes which are quite clean and some seem to match beak damage.

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