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17/10/2013 at 15:47

Hi, we have an old bramley apple tree which is in dire need of pruning and appears to have a disease of some description. It has produced a huge amount of fruit this year but most of the apples are marked, can anybody help identify what is wrong and what treatment is required.

Many thanks


17/10/2013 at 15:53

The yellow patches look like lichens, which only proves you have clean air.

They will not harm your tree.

When you cut the apples in half, are there hard bits inside? I cant tell from the photos whether you have bitter pit, or scab.

Have a look at these websites. It may help you decide what to do.

17/10/2013 at 16:00

Thanks for the quick response fidgetbones. The apples are fine inside so looking at you links it would appear to be scab. I think a severe pruning is in order 

17/10/2013 at 16:37

I have spent most of today pruning a somewhat congested 20ft high James Grieve. It still had a lot of apples this year, just near on impossible to pick them. I expect that next year there will be less apples, but it needed it badly.

 I got some new tripod ladders. They feel very safe as opposed to the usual stepladders.

New trees are on much dwarfer rootstocks, but I like the taste of these aples , so it stays for now.

17/10/2013 at 17:39

Well, we too have been apple picking today, but our tree is more like 30 feet tall and produced over 300 pounds of apples.

Severe pruning has been carried out.

Scab is not uncommon this year and Bramley does seem to get it. They are still usable, just need peeling.

Spray over winter with a Winter Oil wash and then  in Spring and Summer with a suitable fungicide (if you use such things) or Copper sulphate if you can get it still.


17/10/2013 at 18:06

I hope you've got a big freezer Berghill.

Or are you making cider?

17/10/2013 at 21:00

Well, we do have three freezers, but mostly our apples go into store. They usually last until April, depending on the severity of the winter and the ingress of rodents.

There is no point making Cider or Apple wine, sadly I am allergic to alcohol so never drink the stuff.

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