Cherry bacterial canker fatal?
I have a cherry tree from Dave Wilson that has been in the ground two years. It has Van, Lapin, Black Tartarian and Bing comprising the 4 branches of the classic vase shape.
It is two years old, and sadly, appears to have bacterial canker. There are multiple soft, spongy spots that are dark underneath (where the wood should be light colored) when I try to carve them out. Last year I performed surgery to remove the bad spots, but there are other spots on the trunk.
This is hopeless, right? I should just pull the tree? Too bad, it was a really good cherry tree with fruit ripening one branch after the other.
I want to replace it with a similar tree. Anything I should do to sterilize the soil? Bacterial canker, pseudomonas, is not in the soil is it? Maybe some methyl bromide would do the trick.