Question From: Harrison, Ohio, United States
Q: I have a small home orchard with cherry trees, apple trees, peach, pear and pum trees. Apple varieties include Granny Smith, Red Delicious, Golden Delicious, and Fuji. This year is the first (in 6) that the trees have produced fruit. (planted as whips). I have sprayed regularly this spring and early summer and thinned the apples just this week (second week of July). All varieties look great except the Golden Delicious. Almost all of the apples have small brown spots and the fruits are misshapen. This tree has been sprayed at the same time with Bonide Fruit Tree Spray. (After blossom drop and about every two weeks since. Why are my Golden Delicious trees suffering and the others are not? It gets plenty of sun, including morning sun. It is in a well drained location. It has a red delicious as a polinator about 15 feet away. By the way, it is a semi-dwarf tree. Any suggestions will be helpful.
Ron, I do not have a lot of experience with fruit trees. I suggest you contact the Ohio State University Extension Service. extension.osu.edu Best And Happy Yardening, Nancy.