Eco-Friendly Pest Controls:

APPLE SPOTS


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08-Sep-05 10:31 PM EST
Glen T09-Sep-05 07:50 AM EST 7   
Ann28-Oct-05 04:41 PM EST 5   
Patricia09-Nov-05 05:42 PM EST 5   


Subject: APPLE SPOTS
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Date: 08-Sep-05 10:31 PM EST

My apples are spotted and have internal brown streaks. What is wrong and are they still safe to eat?


Subject: RE: APPLE SPOTS
From: Glen T
Zone: 7
Date: 09-Sep-05 07:50 AM EST

Apples are often deficient in calcium, which helps them to store well. Commercially they often soak the harvested fruit in calcium chloride to help to remedy this, but I think it's much better to feed the tree calcium in the first place so our food is more nutritious, plus it lasts longer in the storeroom.

I think the best way to supply calcium is to mix some calcium (not dolomite) lime with some compost, preferably while the compost is still rotting. Then apply this enriched compost in a mulch around the root line of the apple tree.

Won't solve this years problem but will make a difference for years to come, plus helps to keep down weeds and adds other natural fertility.


Subject: RE: APPLE SPOTS
From: Ann
Zone: 5
Date: 28-Oct-05 04:41 PM EST

What kind of apples are they? Do they have spots or scabs? The brown streaks inside are probably insects that burrow into the core to lay eggs, I still eat mine !!!


Subject: RE: APPLE SPOTS
From: Patricia (iris1@rogers.com)
Zone: 5
Date: 09-Nov-05 05:42 PM EST

Joanie Mitchell said it best: "Give me spots on my apples, but leave me the birds and the bees".


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