I have a mature apple tree in my yard which makes relatively scrubby no good apples. I suspect it may have been planted from a seed because I don't get anything consistent from the tree. It has been planted here long before I moved in. I was planning on grafting some scions onto this tree in the spring but started to look up fire blight and other diseases so I went out to look at the tree and this is what I found. The below pictures show some of the marking / damage on the tree. Some of the bark is rather loose around these areas and flakes off. When I took the photos the tree was partially wet which would account for some of the discoloration. Can anyone tell me if this is normal or if this is some sort of disease and if it can be fixed?
This house has been here just about 30 years. I wouldn't doubt if its about that old. I am not even sure what kind of Apple it is but they are green. similar to a Golden Delicious and not bad tasting but they are varying sizes and usually drop off the tree before fall.
Few appletrees are compoletely without blemishes on trunks. Those marks do not look bad. I believe you would see large fast growing branches and twigs go lack suddenly while in leaf with fireblight. As for poor fruit, apple fly maggots in the fruit can ruin the taste or make it somewhat bitter and pithy. Clean up fallen fruit to lessen the apple fly problem. It is possible that you may not get good fruit after grafting either. I have one healthy tree that gives poor fruit and even on the grafts i put on that tree. Going to take a graft from one of the bad grafts and see it it ruins a new tree. It looks like you dont have much to lose.
I will check out all of those links. Thank you for taking the time to get all of those links and videos! I hope this can be cleared up or at least managed. I am trying my first grafts this spring and hope this possible disease doesn't kill them.
I have read online that some people use white vinegar which is an antibacterial to help manage Fire blight. Has anyone ever tried or have any info on this?
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