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Fruit trees getting sick

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Edeez starts with ...
This is the third tree this is happening to. An apricot now a pear tree and also blueberry. It starts from the top and spreads its way down. Can anybody help??
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Edeez
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13th December 2017 5:57pm
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Fruitylicious1 says...
Hi Edeez
The dreaded phytophthora disease might be lurking stealthily in your garden. It mainly lives in poor draining or chronically over watered soil is especially in shady and lower spots in the garden. If that is the case improve your drainage by planting your trees in a raised mound or raised garden bed. If your plants are in pots discard all the soil and the affected plants. If you are going to reuse the pot sterilize it with 9 part water to one part bleach for half an hour including all the garden tools that you have used. To greatly improve drainage make a planting soil mix with equal parts of premium potting mix, perlite, peat moss and pine bark with a sprinkling of compost or dynamic lifter. Another way of improving your drainage if you are planting in a poor draining ground is to dig a hole anywhere between 1/2-1 meter deep and wide and chuck in 5 kg of dolomite clay breaker, water well. Don,t plant immediately. Water it again after a week and repeat afterwards until the hole drains freely. When planting use a free draining planting medium as described above or you can do your own formulation. It would have been better if you have uploaded a picture of your ailing plants. I could be wrong. It could be gummosis in case of your apricot tree.
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TAMWORTH,2340,NSW
14th December 2017 1:35pm
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Edeez
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14th December 2017 9:51pm
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Pademelon1 says...
You need to show pictures of the disease to determine what it is and how to treat it
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PADDINGTON,2021,NSW
15th December 2017 9:13am
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Fruitylicious1 says...
Hi Edeez
I can see from the picture that your plants are under high voltage overhead power lines. There is a detrimental effect of (EMF) electric and magnetic lines on both humans, animals and plants. According to numerous studies, crops root length, shoot length, leaf area, particular leaf weight, overall mass content, and water content are greatly reduced. As a result , a stunt in the plants growth can be observed especially with food crops. I can also observe that your young trees are very exposed to the elements of nature without adequate protection not even stakes to help them stabilize against strong wind. The pear tree should have been pruned as well during winter to shape the tree and excise all the weak and wispy limbs. You can still prune it now up to the healthy and green part of the tree. But please protect it with a shade cloth to avoid sunburn and water adequately especially during summer. Planting in heavy clay soil is also detrimental to your plants because of poor drainage hence drowning you plants in the process. Read my advise above on how amend poor draining soil.
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15th December 2017 11:53pm
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Fruitylicious1 says...
Hi Edeez
Planting blueberry is different from the other trees that you did. Blueberry like their soil in the acidic side between 4-5 to thrive. For a quick fix just buy a ready made potting mix for acid loving plant like azalea, camellia rhodo etc at Bunnings or from your favorite nursery. Add an equal amount of pine bark and peat moss to the potting mix. Dig a hole 18 in. wide and 20 in. deep and plant your blues. Don't forget to mulch your blues with pine bark or pine needles after watering. Fertilize your blues with azalea and camellia fert about 6-12 in. from the center after one month from planting and every early spring thereafter. Water them with rainwater if you have a rainwater tank. They love rainwater. If you haven't done this replant your blueberry and prune the dead parts to reinvigorate your bush.
Happy Gardening :-)
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18th December 2017 4:43pm
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