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Apples-anyone recognise this problem (pics)

I went round to my friend`s house last week and he was showing me the apple trees. There appeared to be some sort of disease on the fruit. I didn`t have a clue but said I would try to find out what it is.

So, any apple experts in the house today that can identify the issue from the 2 photos, and how to treat it.image



  • PalaisglidePalaisglide Posts: 3,414

    Scab. A fungi, which thrives in wet weather, this year has been a bad year for fruit. The tree needs all the bad fruit and leaves removing plus any on the ground burn or dispose of it do not add to compost. Prune the tree to give an open centre with more air around the branches that have fruit on them. Next year in Spring prune for fruiting many books will tell you how or come back here and we will explain how. The main thing is to get the bad fruit and leaves off now then cut back inward growing branches to open up the centre and allow air in.


    Last edited: 29 August 2016 12:13:29

  • Thank you for such a prompt and informative  reply - much appreciated!

  • PalustrisPalustris Posts: 3,480

    The fruit is still edible once peeled, as long as the marks have not penetrated too far.

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