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Woolly Apple Aphids / Root Pruning

Posted by crystalgarden 7b (My Page) on
Tue, Jun 26, 12 at 21:54

I was digging around the roots of one of my apple trees and I noticed one of the tree has or once had a woolly apple aphids infestation and galls all over the place. So I pruned the surface roots off, they basically snapped like a dry twig. They didn't seem all that large either. Was this a bad idea? The tree seemed not as vigorous this year, the leaves smaller and not as green. Will new roots sprout? The tree is about 3 or 4 years old and an espalier.

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RE: Woolly Apple Aphids / Root Pruning

Some of mine look like that. It's debilitating for the tree and over time the tree may decline. There's not much you can do accept look for a resistant rootstock if you need to replant.

RE: Woolly Apple Aphids / Root Pruning

This is an MM111 rootstock and supposedly had good resistance, lol. I think I might try to graft some on M.106, it's sounds more resistant.

RE: Woolly Apple Aphids / Root Pruning


My MM111 isn't doing well either. I'm not sure if it has aphid as they are all in-ground. On some potted trees I have aphid on M7 and Geneva 30. There are no aphid on MM106 and Geneva 11 that I can tell.

RE: Woolly Apple Aphids / Root Pruning

Here's a link to info about Geneva rootstocks. They do say that G30 isn't resistant and G11 my observations appear good.

Here is a link that might be useful: Geneva apple rootstocks

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