Partially decayed fruit trees

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Phil Darcy asked 13 years ago

Gerry We have purchased a farm on which there are some very old apple trees. Part of the trees are actually rotten in that the branches just crumple when handled. Yet some of the branches are still alive and have produced quite reasonably sized fruit. We just wonder how and when we can cut off all the decayed wood and if there is anything else we could do to revive the trees. Maybe it is a waste of time and you might suggest simply uprooting the trees and planting new ones. Thank you very much.Pern Head

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Gerry Daly Staff answered 4 years ago
If you go to Know-how: How to grow: Fruit: Apples .. you will find information on this,  as follows and more:

Unfruitful and neglected trees

Old, over-grown trees can be brought back into production by pruning, feeding and spraying. Prune out some of the old wood and thin out the branches. Feed and spray as normal. Old trees that have deteriorated too much, or are of a bad variety, can be grafted with a new variety.