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HI Everyone,

Can anyone help me try to save my anna apple tree. It has been growing well in a pot for nearly a year now and last weekend I noticed there were heaps of curly grubs in the pot. I moved the pot and then noticed that there were termites going into the bottom of the pot. So to fix this (probably stupidly) I pulled the tree out, repotted it in fresh soil and put a heap of the richgro curly grub killer in the pot. When I pulled it out of the pot the main root broke off because I think it had termite damage. I have keep the water up since then but the leaves have now all drooped and are starting to discolour as in the photos attached.

Can anyone identify what is making the leaves discolour and how or if I can fix it?

Many thanks
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15th June 2012 6:01pm
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Phil@Tyalgum says...
It's probably a combination of root stress, addition of chemicals and the winter dormancy season. You may find it drops all of its leaves anyway at this time of year but apples are hard wired to do this all the same. It will probably be more apparent in spring if it is going to survive. Don't keep it too wet at this stage or you may risk further rot to the damaged roots. Does it fruit at your latitude?
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VF says...
Hi NQG,your leaves look as if they're dried out, probably cos your main feeder root has gone, possibly compounded by the chemical treatment. If there's still life in your tree, (can check by scratching a small bit of bark off and seeing if wood alive), you could prune maybe 1/3 off and apply a mild Seasol treatment and small amount of phosphate to stimulate root regeneration - personally if it was my plant, if no real improvement after a few weeks, I'd ditch it and get another as you'll probably spend more money and time on treatment than if you got another. Hope you prove me wrong though. You'll have a small advantage at the moment though, due to cooler weather. Good luck.
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asder says...
Never mind the tree ;if you really have termites devouring a pot plant then your house is in danger. Get help!
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20th June 2012 3:34pm
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Nq grower says...
Thanks everyone, asder Itermites are a huge hate of mine and because we back onto bush we randomly find groups here and there in the yard but we make sure our house chemical barrier is always up to date and I check the slab clearance regularly but I know what you mean :)

Phil not sure if it will fruit- bought the fruit in rocky last year and had some flowers and bud development but these fell off possibly because of transporting it here to Townsville- thought I would see how it goes this year to see if the climate is suitable

As an update- tree still looks alive but the leaves are turning yellow and falling off so hopefully this is because we have had a few cold mornings.
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