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RE: apple tree

Melody, I would do that.  The more "energy" and food resources the root
system can devote to the "new" tree the better. 


-----Original Message-----
From: owner-gardenchat@hort.net [mailto:owner-gardenchat@hort.net] On Behalf
Of Melody
Sent: Tuesday, April 27, 2004 12:49 AM
To: gardenchat@hort.net
Subject: RE: [CHAT] apple tree

So Bonnie...since there is still a significant portion of old trunk left
but the suckers all come from one side of it...would you recommend using
a chain saw to remove as much as possible of the old trunk? Being
careful of course, not to damage the "new" tree?

Melody, IA (Z 5/4)

"The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious."    
--Albert Einstein

 --- On Mon 04/26, Bonnie & Bill Morgan < wmorgan972@ameritech.net > wrote:
From: Bonnie & Bill Morgan [mailto: wmorgan972@ameritech.net]
To: gardenchat@hort.net
Date: Mon, 26 Apr 2004 22:25:17 -0400
Subject: RE: [CHAT] apple tree

Apples are susceptible to all sorts of disease pathogens and to
insect<br>damage. I would probably remove as much of the "dead wood" to
another area<br>as possible if it is being left for natural habitat of
some critter and I<br>would probably take out all but the strongest
"sucker" for the health of the<br>"new tree/old roots" system. However,
I've seen apple trees survive some<br>pretty severe infestations of
various sorts, but the crop is greatly<br>diminished to the point of
being inedible sometimes. It is probably best to<br>err on the side of
caution for a stronger, healthier tree and a good crop
Message-----<br>From: owner-gardenchat@hort.net
[mailto:owner-gardenchat@hort.net] On Behalf<br>Of Kitty<br>Sent:
Monday, April 26, 2004 11:23 AM<br>To: gardenchat@hort.net<br>Subject:
Re: [CHAT] apple tree<br><br>Bonnie,<br>Your explanation makes sense,
but it leads me to another qstn Melody might<br>ask.<br>If she's leaving
the remnants of the original tree there, doesn't that<br>invite insects
and disease that could, in turn, affect the new growth?
Just<br>wondering, as I don't know.<br><br>Kitty<br><br>----- Original
Message ----- <br>From: "Bonnie & Bill Morgan"
<wmorgan972@ameritech.net><br>To: <gardenchat@hort.net><br>Sent: Monday,
April 26, 2004 8:09 AM<br>Subject: RE: [CHAT] apple tree<br><br><br>>
Yes. It is possible for the tree to fruit again (given the
appropriate<br>> weather without frost while the flowers and the new
fruits begin to<br>> develop.) Apple trees frequently send up suckers.
With our apples<br>(another<br>> couple of houses ago) we were always
cutting off the "suckers," but since<br>> your main tree was decimated
and obviously the root system was in good<br>> shape, it is not uncommon
for a sucker to become the "new tree" on the old<br>> root stock and
therefore be capable of bearing fruit too. Here's hoping<br>you<br>>
have a bumper crop!<br>><br>> Blessings,<br>> Bonnie (SW OH - zone
5)<br>><br>> -----Original Mess

age-----<br>> From: owner-gardenchat@hort.net
[mailto:owner-gardenchat@hort.net] On<br>Behalf<br>> Of Melody<br>>
Sent: Monday, April 26, 2004 5:35 AM<br>> To: gardenchat@hort.net<br>>
Subject: [CHAT] apple tree<br>><br>> Can anyone on the list tell me if
there is any hope for this<br>> situation...several years ago during a
horrific storm our very old apple<br>> tree was completely
decimated...ruined beyond saving with a trunk split<br>> to the ground.
We have left what is left of the trunk to rot and remove<br>> pieces of
the trunk as they do so. Over the past couple of years, the<br>> trunk
has sprouted and grown new branches, which because of the<br>> proximity
to the dog yard, we have left as they are tall enough now to<br>>
provide a decent amount of shade for the dogs. Well,
yesterday...the<br>> darn thing bloomed! Not just one or two blooms, but
bunches of them. Is<br>> it possible for this tree to fruit again in
this condition? We had only<br>> moved into the house a few months
before the storm and I never got so<br>> much as one apple off that tree
before it was destroyed...what do you<br>> guys
think?<br>><br>><br>><br>> Melody, IA (Z 5/4)<br>><br>> "The most
beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious."<br>> --Albert
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