Apple Tree Disease?
arguck Posts: 1
in Fruit & veg
Hi there, I admit to not being much of a gardener but when my new home had 2 already established apple trees I was pretty excited. Last year though it looked as though one my trees was the victim of a hail storm, at least that's what a friend thought. I had no idea. But this year the apples are pitted and pocked just as bad as last year and the leaves are curling. Do you guys have any idea what could be causing this issue with my tree. See photos of affected tree.
Thanks so much for any insight!
The leaves look to have a bit of Scab on them. This is a fairly common ailment of Apple trees. Used to be able to spray with Copper sulphate, but not sure if one can still buy it. There does not appear to be anything much for the amateur these days. All you can do is to collect up and burn the fallen leaves and fruit, or dispose of safely, not on the compost heap.
I would also look for aphids on the underside of the leaves. they can cause the leaves to curl and look a bit speckled where they have sucked at them.
Scab could also be the problem with the fruit. Also check the apples for codlin moth worms.