[NAFEX] plum curculio

Lee Reich 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
Weedless Gardening
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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