Apple trees are the quintessential fruit in an edible garden. There is a common disease known as apple blotch fungus that effects a large number of gardeners. The apples become blotchy and if it is not significantly covered, rubbing the apple will take off the spots. Pruning the tree canopy to keep air circulation high is also essential to prevent spread. In cases where the fungus has spread too vigorously, regular fungicide spraying might be necessary including after rainy days. Natural spray won’t help but home gardeners have a number of choices to eradicate the disease.
- Apple blotch fungus on affects the outermost part of the apple, the skin.
- It is caused by internal humidity which you can combat by pruning throughout the year to prevent the disease.
- There are fungicide sprays to fight the fungus after it is already on apples, but it is easy to prevent beforehand.
“Apples are a beautiful addition to the home orchard and also work wonderfully as standalone plants in the landscape.”