Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Apples

After patiently waiting three years for the apple stick to turn into an apple tree, we're finally seeing APPLES! This makes me rather pleased.

On the other hand I'm also seeing clusters of aphid/ant "nests". Besides the fact that aphids suck (haha) does anyone know what's going on here and how to prevent this? I wound up cutting off the offending bit but would hate to see it spread.

5 comments:

Stefaneener said...

I don't know what to make of your horrid aphid stuff. One of my apples gets black wooly aphids, and they make galls on the tree. I have found that if the tree is small enough, spray cooking oil can be a good substitute for horticultural oil.

Daphne said...

I always just rub them off when I see them on my trees. In the past I ignored them, but they really hurt my plum tree a lot last year so now I'm dealing with them at least a bit.

Just Jenn said...

@Stefanener: I might have to look into making some white oil. I've tried it before but wasn't diligent enough to keep up the spraying. With all our rain any sort of topical solution tends to wash off sooner rather then later.

@Daphne: There were so many of them! I might have to take more drastic measures...

Randy Emmitt said...

Jenn,

I recall when you planted those apple trees! We never get aphids, or never notice. Squirrels eat most of our apples before they are ripe here.

Coral at Adventures in Agriburbia said...

Very cool. This year we got 2 apple sticks and one pear stick. I am having to learn a lot of patience. I know it will be years before we get any fruit off of these. Hope the apple makes it!