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Why is my Apple Tree Unhappy?

Posted by madler Arizon (My Page) on
Wed, Aug 22, 12 at 9:13


In the spring, I planted two apple trees, one Dorsett Golden, and one Anna. I've been watering them a bit more in the summer months, however while the Dorsett Golden seems to be doing ok, the Anna seems to be unhappy. Some of the leaves are curling upward, some are turning yellow and falling off, and others are turning partly brown. I've taken a few pictures that should show the different conditions.

I'm not sure if this is heat stress, overwatering, or what.

Please help!

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RE: Why is my Apple Tree Unhappy?

Here is another pic of the tree.

RE: Why is my Apple Tree Unhappy?

Are you at lower elevations? Probably so with those low chill cultivars. If so it's probably just the heat and sun. Actually your trees look pretty good.

Looks like drip irrigation. That may not be enough water. At least once a week, during this heat, flood irrigate in a basin.

RE: Why is my Apple Tree Unhappy?

I just started to up the water to it, so I am currently watering 1 hour per day with a 2gph emitter at about 5AM when it's cool. I was watering for shorter 5 minute periods throughout the day with 10gph emitter.

Drainage is pretty good, so the water doesn't seem to pool.

Does this seem to make sense?

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