Leaves on Apple Hybrid Tree Turning brown around the edges

balithecatJuly 30, 2012

Hi - I am new to growing apple trees. My first one I just planted about two months ago and unfortuately the leaves are turning brown around the edges.

I have been watering it, I spiked it a couple of times with fertilizer spikes, and I have used root booster to try to help it along. I have mulch covering about 1m around the trunk 2-3"deep.

I don't see any bugs or anything.

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rhizo_1 (North AL) zone 7

That's what classic fertilizer burn looks like. Applying fertilizer to a newly planted tree isn't recommended and the spikes are one of the worst options. Plus, you planted in June.

So, fertilizer burn is a possibility. We would also like to know if you added some sort of amendments to the hole or backfill when planting.

    Bookmark   July 30, 2012 at 4:58PM
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If you are in one of these regions with extreme heat that is also probably contributing.

Bottom line, though, it looks bad, but it is largely cosmetic damage. I've planted many trees that look like that during their first season or so if it's hot and dry and I haven't watered enough. They bounce right back, either when wetter, cooler weather returns, or the next year.

    Bookmark   July 30, 2012 at 6:04PM
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rhizo_1 (North AL) zone 7

I agree, even if fertilizer burn is a contributing factor, the tree should grow normal leaves next year. The damage won't disappear this growing season.

    Bookmark   July 30, 2012 at 6:43PM
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....I'm reaching for the smelling salts again! Fertilizer spikes.......;^)


    Bookmark   July 30, 2012 at 9:34PM
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ken_adrian Adrian MI cold Z5

I spiked it a couple of times with fert

==>> EXACTLY how many times???


    Bookmark   July 31, 2012 at 7:44AM
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