HoneyCrisp Leaves Turn Brown and Fall

tedgrowsit(6b PA)August 18, 2012

I know that HoneyCrisp trees have problems with their leaves, but my tree seems to have a different problem. The leaves turn totally brown and fall off. Part of the tree is defoliated. Perhaps this is normal, maybe a serious disease. Any help would be appreciated. Thanks, Ted

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ribs1

Looks like drought stress disease. Spray with water.

    Bookmark   August 18, 2012 at 4:01PM
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fruitnut Z7 4500ft SW TX

Ted:

Check the crown and roots. It could be something like phytophthora crown or root rot. Not sure that's spelled right but consider a problem near or below ground.

    Bookmark   August 18, 2012 at 4:08PM
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tedgrowsit(6b PA)

We have been getting plenty of rain lately. The dry spell here was back in June. All of my other apples look normal, fine, but this tree grows very little, and has this problem. I'll check around the bottom of the tree. Thanks, Ted

    Bookmark   August 18, 2012 at 6:48PM
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ribs1

I figured drought stress just because it has been so dry here. I've been watering my apple trees twice a week for months. We haven't had much rain since April.

    Bookmark   August 18, 2012 at 11:17PM
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abz5b

Have the exact same problem with my honeycrisp/gala/something else. If i do not spray with spetracide 3 n 1 at least 3 times my tree ends up looking like that.

    Bookmark   August 19, 2012 at 11:46AM
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tedgrowsit(6b PA)

This is an update on this condition. It appears as though this tree has died. I have been pruning my apples and came to this tree. The surface of the branches and twigs are shriveled and wrinkled. It looks as though it is drying out. The cambium is still green but kind of sticky in texture. I do not know what happened. Any thoughts? Thanks, Ted

    Bookmark   February 25, 2013 at 9:45PM
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applenut_gw

Pull up the roots to do a post-mortem; check the trunk at soil level for rot, gopher-chewed roots, or rotted roots.

    Bookmark   February 25, 2013 at 10:51PM
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tedgrowsit(6b PA)

Thanks, applenut. I will do some investigating. Ted

    Bookmark   February 26, 2013 at 3:44PM
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