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HoneyCrisp Leaves Turn Brown and Fall

Posted by tedgrowsit 6b PA (My Page) on
Sat, Aug 18, 12 at 13:56

I know that HoneyCrisp trees have problems with their leaves, but my tree seems to have a different problem. The leaves turn totally brown and fall off. Part of the tree is defoliated. Perhaps this is normal, maybe a serious disease. Any help would be appreciated. Thanks, Ted


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RE: HoneyCrisp Leaves Turn Brown and Fall

Looks like drought stress disease. Spray with water.


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RE: HoneyCrisp Leaves Turn Brown and Fall

Ted:

Check the crown and roots. It could be something like phytophthora crown or root rot. Not sure that's spelled right but consider a problem near or below ground.


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RE: HoneyCrisp Leaves Turn Brown and Fall

We have been getting plenty of rain lately. The dry spell here was back in June. All of my other apples look normal, fine, but this tree grows very little, and has this problem. I'll check around the bottom of the tree. Thanks, Ted


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RE: HoneyCrisp Leaves Turn Brown and Fall

I figured drought stress just because it has been so dry here. I've been watering my apple trees twice a week for months. We haven't had much rain since April.


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RE: HoneyCrisp Leaves Turn Brown and Fall

Have the exact same problem with my honeycrisp/gala/something else. If i do not spray with spetracide 3 n 1 at least 3 times my tree ends up looking like that.


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RE: HoneyCrisp Leaves Turn Brown and Fall

This is an update on this condition. It appears as though this tree has died. I have been pruning my apples and came to this tree. The surface of the branches and twigs are shriveled and wrinkled. It looks as though it is drying out. The cambium is still green but kind of sticky in texture. I do not know what happened. Any thoughts? Thanks, Ted


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RE: HoneyCrisp Leaves Turn Brown and Fall

Pull up the roots to do a post-mortem; check the trunk at soil level for rot, gopher-chewed roots, or rotted roots.


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RE: HoneyCrisp Leaves Turn Brown and Fall

Thanks, applenut. I will do some investigating. Ted


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