I planted some beautiful bareroot and bench grafted Apple and pear trees this spring from 39th Parallel Nursery. Mike grows great stuff!
I am not having a lot of success with anything I planted this spring though. I don’t know if it’s the weather or something I have or haven’t done, but my bareroot apples and benchgrafted pears have not done well since leafing out. Since our temps got really hot really fast, I attributed it to heat stress. They are mulched and haven’t gotten dry, I check them daily, only missed a day or two since planting.
They haven’t put out any new growth, and the leaves started curling as temps got hot. They are curled up tight. In the last couple days, the leaves on Shinko pear, Cripp’s Pink and Hewe’s Crab apples have turned brown and dropped.
I planted them April 17 & 19th. I sprayed 5-22 with Immunox/General Bonnie Fruit Tree/Bt. On 5-30 sprayed with Immunox/Captan/Bt. I didn’t write the date down, but they got a shot of spinosad after a rain. I had a few green caterpillar type guys eating new leaves, so the Bt and spinosad were to take care of those. I saw some leaf spots but nothing serious and thought the fungicide would take care of it. I don’t know what spider mite damage looks like, but have checked leaves with a magnifying glass and haven’t seen any sign of small mites or eggs. There is some cobwebby stuff on some of the leaves but I don’t see a source, unless it is from actual spiders, but looks differ not to me. I found a few spiders hanging out in the curled leaves.
I will post some pictures so you can see their general state at this point. Any help would be appreciated! I don’t know what I have missed here, but I haven’t done something right! I apologize there are several photos that follow…
The leaves on most of the trees are small, not bigger than the size of a quarter.
Not much left but some brown leaves on the Cripp’s Pink, found webs inside of two curled leaves.