What's wrong with my baby Apple tree?

My Apple tree looks poorly. Last year it looked very healthy and lush. This spring it's looking a tad ill... Leaves crinkly, some save a silvery fuzzy appearance to them. Attached some photos... http://flic.kr/p/nAhFY7 http://flic.kr/p/nA3DPd Any ideas welcome, thanks! Location: Birmingham, England.


  • pansyfacepansyface PEAK DISTRICTPosts: 10,263

    I can't get the link to work, Chris.

    Apophthegm -  a big word for a small thought.
  • Might be coz it's put both links on one line.

    Link #1

  • pansyfacepansyface PEAK DISTRICTPosts: 10,263

    Still no cigar, I'm afraid. The links are usually shown in bold type. I don't know how to achieve that. Someone will be along soon to help, don't worry!

    Apophthegm -  a big word for a small thought.
  • Should be able to copy and paste the links by:

    1) Clicking and dragging mouse over the link

    2) Right click, select copy

    3) Paste it into the address bar of your web browser

    Shame the Gardener's World forum hasn't turned them into links automatically to make it easy for everyone. Shame you can't upload photos either.
  • pansyfacepansyface PEAK DISTRICTPosts: 10,263

    I'm very sorry Chris. I'm working in an iPad and I am possibly the least computer literate person on the forum.

    Don't give up hope, it may take a while but someone else will definitely come to your rescue. They always do.

    In the meantime, working blind, I'd venture to suggest that your apple tree is suffering  from mildew. Very damp winter weather and a humid spring.Less likely is silver leaf, which is another fungus. Have a look at those online and see what you think.

    Apophthegm -  a big word for a small thought.
  • pansyfacepansyface PEAK DISTRICTPosts: 10,263

    Yay! Salino comes to the rescue!

    But sadly doesn't tell us what the problem is! I must say, I'm stumped (excuse the pun). I'd say spray the affected vits with a standard fungicide and hope for the best.

    Sorry I can't help more.

    Apophthegm -  a big word for a small thought.
  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 42,823

    It looks to me like Apple mildew - info on cause and treatemnt here http://www.kenmuir.co.uk/image/data/pdf/Fact%20Sheets/APPLE%20MILDEW%20_6_.pdf 

    From the dead grass etc in the pot it looks to me as if it may have been parched at some time - this will make it more susceptible to mildew attack.

    I would give the plant a good soaking and then repot, removing as much soil as possible without damaging the roots, into John Innes No 3 loam based compost.

    Put the pot into a light place in the garden but out of direct sun until it's had a chance to establish itself in the pot and has started making new growth. In future it's a good idea not to let grass and weeds grow around plants in pots - they compete for moisture and nutrients and your plant usually comes off second best. 

    Good luck image

    Gardening is cheaper than therapy, and you get tomatoes. 
  • Thanks!

    The grass are cuttings from mowing a few weeks ago, put it around the base as food for the plant.

    In early spring there were loads of forget me nots which had invaded the pot, I stripped these out along that train of thought image

    Looks like that's the culprit so thanks very much! Fingers crossed I can rescue it image
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