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Tired Old apple tree needs a boost

Postby AC-Jacko » Sat May 13, 2006 1:29 pm

We moved into our place 3 yrs ago and there is an old apple tree which was left to it's own devices. We have pruned it back, watered it etc and now it is back to looking good but the apples it produces are small in size and look tiny for what they should look like but it produces a mass of them all over ( Parrots love em) The apples are red delcious looking. The tree is old as evidently ( 10 to 20Yrs). Is there some chemicals we can use on the old girl to get these apples back to a bigger size??
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Postby Luzy » Sat May 13, 2006 6:04 pm

Good on you, AC. The old girl's probably loving a bit of TLC. No idea about chemicals or anything to make apples bigger, but have you tried eating what she does produce? (or do the parrots get the lot?)
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Postby Ann » Sat May 13, 2006 6:54 pm

Check the Gardening Australia fact sheets as Pete has just pruned the apple trees in the garden in Hobart. :D He grows lost of varieties where he lives and uses only a good hay mulch. :D You'll also get info about removing flowers to get better fruit. :D
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Postby Sam » Sun May 14, 2006 8:32 am

If you see this in time, check out the repeat of Gardening Australia today at 12.30 or 1.00 (can't remember which) on the ABC. Pete rescued an old apple tree last night.
“Tomatoes and oregano make it Italian, wine and tarragon
make it French, sour cream makes it Russian, lemon and
cinnamon make it Greek, soya sauce makes it Chinese, Garlic
makes it good.” Alice May Brock, Alice’s Restaurant Cookbook.
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Postby AC-Jacko » Mon May 15, 2006 3:33 pm

Missed that episode ;(. Do they have a fact sheet or hints that you can view from the show??
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Postby Sam » Mon May 15, 2006 3:58 pm

There are fact sheets on their website (http://www.abc.net.au/gardening from memory) and the show is also repeated on ABC2 if you have pay TV or a set top box.

Good luck!
“Tomatoes and oregano make it Italian, wine and tarragon
make it French, sour cream makes it Russian, lemon and
cinnamon make it Greek, soya sauce makes it Chinese, Garlic
makes it good.” Alice May Brock, Alice’s Restaurant Cookbook.
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Postby AC-Jacko » Mon May 15, 2006 3:59 pm

Thanks Sam will check it out as I thought there was some fertillser to give the old girl a pep up ;-)

PS- I couldn't find much so I sent them an e-mail and I hope they can help
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Postby kitkat » Wed May 17, 2006 2:56 pm

There is an old varieties Apple seller called Badger's Keep at Chewton Vic I think, He sells all the heritage type Apple varieties and I'm sure his website would have good hints on rejuvenating apple trees. Otherwise maybe a google search "rejuvenating apple trees" might do the trick too. Good luck and good gardening.
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Postby kitkat » Wed May 17, 2006 3:28 pm

Here's a couple of sites I found via google a .Hope it helps!

http://www.google.com.au/search?hl=en&q ... arch&meta=[url]

http://www.hort.purdue.edu/newcrop/ho/HO-49.html[/url]
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Postby AC-Jacko » Fri May 19, 2006 6:11 pm

Thanks kitkat for the links ;-)
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Postby kiwiman » Mon May 29, 2006 8:58 pm

Hi AC,
Less apples mean bigger apples--Thin them out so you only have 1-2 apples on a spur and you should get better size with a reasonable warering regime.
Good Luck--Stewart
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Postby AC-Jacko » Sat Jun 03, 2006 5:22 pm

Ok, got a letter back from Gardening Australia and said to to try local nursery,so I headed to Vadoulis in Gawler. Found out it has a fungus,so bought some sprays, fertillser and was told as per stewarts response to to thin the old girl out. So will see how the fruit goes ;-)
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