[NAFEX] plum curculio
garden at leereich.com
Thu Jun 5 09:21:48 EDT 2008
Actually, scarred apples that stay on the tree are pretty much fine
for eating. The scar is only a surface blemish. I don't think the
scar should really affect storage either.
Lee Reich, PhD
Books by Lee Reich:
The Pruning Book
Uncommon Fruits for Every Garden
A Northeast Gardener's Year
On Jun 5, 2008, at 6:21 AM, Alan Haigh wrote:
> Steve, congrats on your observation skills. I never noticed what
> you observed by yourself until Lee Reich pointed it out to me
> several years ago. Plum curculio larvae usually don't survive in
> apples- they are crushed by the rapidly expanding cells.
> Unfortunately the damage is usually a lot more than cosmetic as
> fruit is terribly disfigured with numerous hard spots and becomes
> virtually useless especially for storage and even eating off the
> tree. Michael Phillips describes their life-cycle wonderfully well
> in "The Apple Grower".
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