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Apple tree with 5 kinds grafted is partially dead

Posted by desertdance So.CA LowDesert (My Page) on
Sun, Feb 24, 13 at 10:31

We purchased property with some existing trees. The previous owner explained that the one at the end is a dwarf apple with 5 types grafted onto it.

She would be sad to know that one huge branch is dead. The other branches are blooming and leafing out. I know it's dead because I pruned it and found only dead wood. Nothing green.

If we cut that branch off, the entire tree with be lopsided. Not sure what to do. The area is ridden with gophers, and they could have eaten the roots that go to that particular branch. Not sure why it's dead, but it is!!

Should we chop off that branch, or just leave it on the tree?

Thanks!
Suzi


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RE: Apple tree with 5 kinds grafted is partially dead

  • Posted by fruitnut z7b-8a,4500ft SW TX (My Page) on
    Sun, Feb 24, 13 at 11:54

Suzi:

Chop it off and try training some of the other limbs into that area. Anything flexible can be tied in that direction. In a few years you can fill in the open area. It's also possible that a sprout will push in that direction. If it's from a scion train it to fill in. If it's from the rootstock that everything was grafted to, it can be grafted back to something you like.


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RE: Apple tree with 5 kinds grafted is partially dead

double post

This post was edited by konrad___far_north on Sun, Feb 24, 13 at 12:04


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RE: Apple tree with 5 kinds grafted is partially dead

Dead wood is always to be pruned off, as it is a pathway for rot and insects. Borers are probably the culprit, look for sawdust under the bark where they have tunneled and girdled the branch.


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RE: Apple tree with 5 kinds grafted is partially dead

Just cut it off, eventually it will fill in with the four remaining or it will push out new branch from root stock which you can graft again or leave it alone for a pollen source/ornamental or cut it off.


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