My apple trees are infested with scale insects, the little ones --- about 3mm long and les than 1mm wide. It takes forever to scrape them off with a knife. Have you any suggestions for getting rid of them, (preferably organic)
For some years I have been setting traps for codling moths and I still have them--what now?
I burn only dry timber in my fire (no coal). I was wondering what to do with ashes? Is it too early to spread around fruit bushes? Should I keep it to spread later on in the summer around bushes or could it be put in the compost heap? Or do the ashes have any great value at all?
When is the best time for pruning back 'very old' apple trees?
Problems with spots in the flesh of cooking apples from my tree. They are brown and the fruit is peppered, but the outside skins look perfect?
I have a 5 year old apple tree which has always blossomed but never produced apples until this year. Mind you the fruit was poorly. I recently noticed what appears to be canker on the trunk of the tree just where it branches outwards. I have checked previous questions and you suggest potash and also to cut the canker out. I was just wondering would it be necessary to cut it out of this tree considering it's position on the tree.
I have a number of very mature apple & plum trees which I would like to cut back. Trees are between 15-20 feet high.
The books all tell us that we should cut down the canes of autumn fruiting raspberries (mine are "Autumn Bliss") well into the winter and I'm wondering if it necessary to leave it so late? Do the plants need that lateness (like daffodils do in order to store food in the bulbs) or is it OK to cut the canes down once fruiting is finished?I would like to cut my canes now (October) but am reluctant to do so without knowing why the common practice seems to be to leave them for another 2-3 months.
We have three cooking apple trees, all 70 to 80 years old. I was always told they were Bramleys, but the fruits on each are clearly different from each other. I was wondering if you could help me to identify them from the photo. Left to right, 2 apples per tree. Tree 1, all the fruits are deep red, most are quite small. Tree 2, green with most having reddish stripes, tend to be large, some are huge. Tree 3 yellowish-green with few if any having red in them, medium in size.
Diseased young apple trees? spray with Jeyes Fluid now? wasp nest in compost heap
How would I go about pruning an old apple tree 30 x20 ft high?
I attach a photo of an apple growing in my back garden . I thought I purchased a Bramley apple but it's not. I have it 2 yrs. Originally I planted it in a border but the fruit was making the branches sag, so before last winter I transplanted it to a back wall where it is supported - fanned out. Photo shows l apple with 2 cores - I call it my "Siamese apple." Its a novelty to me - have you seen this before?
I'd like to try growing a plum tree from pits but am getting so much different advice i'm confused. do i need to put the pits in the fridge for a while or can i just pot them?