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This is my small apple tree I planted between 5 -7 years ago. Every year it produces apples but they never grow big enough to eat and have these black spots on them. Does anyone know if there is something I can do or is it just not a healthy tree I'd be best to get rid of? Thanks

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  • pansyfacepansyface PEAK DISTRICT DerbyshirePosts: 21,258

    IT IS AFFLICTED BY SCAB.

    NOTHING YOU CAN BUY ANYMORE TO GET RID OF THE SCAB.

    BEST THING YOU CAN DO IS TO SWEEP UP THE LEAVES AND BURN THEM.

    IT DOESN'T REALLY HARM THE PLANT AND YOU CAN EAT THE APPLES IF YOU PEEL THEM.

    TOO SMALL TO EAT? HOW TINY ARE THEY? CRAB APPLE SIZE?

    Apophthegm -  a big word for a small thought.
  • So if I burn the leaves etc will that stop it coming back next year? I think they have always had the spots. This year is the biggest the apples have ever got, bigger than crab apple but smaller than the smallest supermarket apple.

  • pansyfacepansyface PEAK DISTRICT DerbyshirePosts: 21,258

    BURNING THE SPOTTY LEAVES WON'T CURE THE PROBLEM BUT IT WILL LESSEN IT.

    SOME VARIETIES ARE SMALL, ESPECIALLY OLD ONES. I HAVE AN APPLE CALLED PITMASTON PINEAPPLE WHICH PRODUCES LOADS OF APPLES BUT THEY ARE EACH JUST ABOUT THE SIZE OF A PLUM.

    Apophthegm -  a big word for a small thought.
  • Thank you. I'll give it a go then :)

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