[NAFEX] Liberty apple and cedar apple rust?

John Smith friendly27sw at yahoo.com
Sun Jul 16 00:40:06 EDT 2006

Thanks to those who wrote in reponse about cedar apple
rust on Liberty.  I'm inclined to agree with Ed
Fackler that I might have gotten a mislabled scionwood
stick.  I have some plant pathology training and was
able to find the rust spores with a microscope - I'm
pretty sure it's cedar apple rust on there and not
something else - so I think it was either mislabeled
or the resistance broke down somehow. I guess I'll
have to wait until it fruits...

--- John Smith <friendly27sw at yahoo.com> wrote:

> I got some Liberty scionwood from The Christian
> Homesteading Movement Richard Fahey last winter and
> grafted several trees.  Cedar apple rust has been
> one
> of my biggest disease problems because I don't spray
> much and so I had high hopes for resistant trees. 
> The
> problem is, the liberty grafts developed cedar apple
> rust, though not as much as my susceptible trees. 
> This could be because my susceptible varieties
> leafed
> out earlier than the new grafts and by the time my
> grafts were growing well, they may have escaped much
> of the rust this year.  I had also grafted some
> other
> trees that should be resistant including Williams
> Pride, Arkansas Black etc and they developed no rust
> at all, leafing out at the same time as the Liberty.
> My question is, have others seen cedar apple rust on
> Liberty?  Do you think I might have been sent
> another
> variety by mistake?
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