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  • From: Tom Olenio <>
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  • Subject: [nafex] Apple Disease Question
  • Date: Fri, 29 Sep 2000 13:25:32 -0400


I have a question regarding the wet, cool summer season we just went through
in southwestern Ontario) and diseases/pests of apple trees.

I live in a small village (approx. 1,000 people) in an agricultural area of
Ontario. Most of the surrounding farms have small orchards, from the period
of time
where every farm needed an orchard.

My in-laws orchard has 12 standard apple trees, dating back to the early
This year it is hard to find a leaf or a fruit that does not have some
blemish or
discoloration. The summer was damp and cool, and when it rained (which it did
frequently) it was torrential. It was impossible to keep the trees sprayed
with all
the rain, and that is what we chalk up the bad apple season to.

However, I dug up a scrub apple from the cattle pasture and moved it into my
backyard last spring. At first the tree was dwarfed (cattle browsing damage)
very small leaves, but new growth has brought full sized leaves, and it is is
very well.

What is strange is that there is not a single leaf on this young tree, which
marred by disease or insect, yet the surrounding orchards are in poor shape

Is my tree a fluke, or are young trees not as bothered by disease and insect?

Thanks for any input you can offer.

Thomas Olenio
Ontario, Canada
Hardiness Zone 6a

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