June 19, 2018
My apple tree has had what appears to be two different diseases (See pics). I suspect is cedar rust (lightly spotted leaves) which I understand is more a nuisance than anything. The other is that many of the new tips that appear turn silvery and then die. Both of these diseases have been with the tree for a few years, but this has not seem to have affected the production. The main issue has been coddling moths. Any insight on these pics?
Also, I have proceeded to reduce my apples to one per spur, which is a new thing. I did this because my fruit has been way too small, and I intent to use fruit socks and it doesn't make sense to put so many socks on fruit that becomes June drop. The question is what activates the apple maggots and/or when should I start to sock the apples? They seem a little small for the socks right now but what do I know?
Thanks in advance!
March 16, 2015
June 19, 2018
I started today as this weekend will be above 80 which I figure is a good indication of hatch. The fruit soxs seems so ill fitting at this point. I pull the sock over the fruit as best as possible and then wrap the wide opening around the base of the fruit. I then pull the tip of the fruit sock out a bit so there is space for the apple to easily grow. Will finish by Friday hopefully.
I didn't check to see if there was a U-tube video on fruit sox talking about how to make it successful. I figure to spray heavy kaolin on the tree/sox in a week. Really trimmed the fruit so hopefully it will be bigger with less bugs. If this fails I will try non-organic next year.
Tired of losing my entire crop to the stupid bugs.
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