We've a really old apple tree, more dead than alive

albert_135(Sunset 2 or 3)April 10, 2013

We've acquired a property with a really old apple tree, more dead than alive - should probably be removed. But, we like the location and also want to do it ourselves. Do you have any links to doing major surgery on a tree on life support?

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jean001a(Portland OR 7b)

This pub might help:

Here is a link that might be useful: Pruning to Restore an Old, Neglected Apple Tree

    Bookmark   April 10, 2013 at 3:03PM
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alan haigh

Is there any vigorous growth going on or is the tree truly in senescence with not much life and canopy happening? If there is vigor then we can talk, if not there's little you can do besides giving it some nitrogen and water to see if it rebounds.

    Bookmark   April 10, 2013 at 6:29PM
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Another option would be to cut off some scion wood and have it grafted onto modern rootstock.... This way - you can at least keep the tree - even if the old one dies...


    Bookmark   April 10, 2013 at 9:28PM
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