[nafex] Treating Fire Blight organically

Jim Fruth jimfruth at charter.net
Sat Apr 7 21:17:38 EDT 2012

    Al Yelvington said/asked, "I'd certainly appreciate any comments and 
recommendations.  I do NOT have a spray license, so un-restricted organic 
solutions (proven) would be greatly appreciated."

    I treat Fire Blight with enamel paint!  My Yellow Transparent Apple tree 
was infected with Fire Blight over a dozen years ago.  I tried the 
recommended spray first, then pruning.  Neither worked so I sprayed the 
infected bark with enamel paint (enamel finds its way into bark folds better 
than latex).  The paint didn't cure anything but it stopped (slowed?) 
branches from dying.  Every year I lose a couple inches in height and every 
year I add more paint.  Production has been going up every year because the 
side branches keep growing.  Fire Blight will (probably?) eventually kill 
the tree, but had I done nothing, it would have already died.
    I side effect of painting the infection is that the paint prevents the 
disease from spreading to other trees.

Jim Fruth
Brambleberry Fruit Farm
4002 Davis Street
Pequot Lakes, MN  56472

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