Honeycrisp whip looks dead - fireblight?
I have a Honeycrisp in it's second year.
I have a Honeycrisp on an M27 mini-dwarf rootstock.
The first year, it leafed out as expected.
The second year, the flowers came quite late. I was expecting to remove all the apples to let it grow larger into the third year. Instead the flowers died quickly and the little leaves died as well. They've been dead for a month now.
I cut into the tip of the whip and it's still green inside the main stem of the leader - but with all the leaves dead, I am having a hard time imagining it's going to survive into the next year. My best guess is that it died of Fireblight.
SO - am I right ..is it dead and there is no hope that it will survive into next year? Pull it and replace it and do a better job with sprays next year?
Thanks for any words of wisdom.