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RE: apple tree

Apples are susceptible to all sorts of disease pathogens and to insect
damage.  I would probably remove as much of the "dead wood" to another area
as possible if it is being left for natural habitat of some critter and I
would probably take out all but the strongest "sucker" for the health of the
"new tree/old roots" system.  However, I've seen apple trees survive some
pretty severe infestations of various sorts, but the crop is greatly
diminished to the point of being inedible sometimes.  It is probably best to
err on the side of caution for a stronger, healthier tree and a good crop of


-----Original Message-----
From: [] On Behalf
Of Kitty
Sent: Monday, April 26, 2004 11:23 AM
Subject: Re: [CHAT] apple tree

Your explanation makes sense, but it leads me to another qstn Melody might
If she's leaving the remnants of the original tree there, doesn't that
invite insects and disease that could, in turn, affect the new growth?  Just
wondering, as I don't know.


----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Bonnie & Bill Morgan" <>
To: <>
Sent: Monday, April 26, 2004 8:09 AM
Subject: RE: [CHAT] apple tree

> Yes.  It is possible for the tree to fruit again (given the appropriate
> weather without frost while the flowers and the new fruits begin to
> develop.)  Apple trees frequently send up suckers.  With our apples
> couple of houses ago) we were always cutting off the "suckers," but since
> your main tree was decimated and obviously the root system was in good
> shape, it is not uncommon for a sucker to become the "new tree" on the old
> root stock and therefore be capable of bearing fruit too.  Here's hoping
> have a bumper crop!
> Blessings,
> Bonnie (SW OH - zone 5)
> -----Original Message-----
> From: [] On
> Of Melody
> Sent: Monday, April 26, 2004 5:35 AM
> To:
> Subject: [CHAT] apple tree
> Can anyone on the list tell me if there is any hope for this
> situation...several years ago during a horrific storm our very old apple
> tree was completely decimated...ruined beyond saving with a trunk split
> to the ground. We have left what is left of the trunk to rot and remove
> pieces of the trunk as they do so. Over the past couple of years, the
> trunk has sprouted and grown new branches, which because of the
> proximity to the dog yard, we have left as they are tall enough now to
> provide a decent amount of shade for the dogs. Well, yesterday...the
> darn thing bloomed! Not just one or two blooms, but bunches of them. Is
> it possible for this tree to fruit again in this condition? We had only
> moved into the house a few months before the storm and I never got so
> much as one apple off that tree before it was destroyed...what do you
> guys think?
> Melody, IA (Z 5/4)
> "The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious."
> --Albert Einstein
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