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Tassiegardener starts with ...
Hi, I have just purchased a bare root pinkabelle apple tree from our local nursery. It is already nearly two meters tall which is a little too tall for my liking. Can I prune the main stem down by at least 1/2 meter before planting or would this stress the tree too much. I am very new to this so any advise would be appreciated.
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Tassiegardener
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5th July 2010 10:35am
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Jimmy says...
2m is all it will ever get to, normally the problem is adding height as the tree matures.

Are you sure its a true pinkabelle?

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5th July 2010 12:12pm
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Tassiegardener says...
Yes,
It has the pinkabelle label on it stating maximum height of two meters. Purchased from one of the most reputable nurseries here in Tasssie.
At the moment it is just one long stick with a couple of tiny branch stubs off it (bare rooted).
I was surprised by the height of it when purchased but all of the others that were there were also this height.
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Jimmy says...
Score above the buds on the trunk.

This stops the auxin flowing down from the apical point at the top of the tree.

This allows them to shoot and make nice side branches.

A cut through the bark til you hit reistance about 1/3 around the tree is all you need. Some people do it twice and remove the strip of bark between , say 2mm wide, this works better but is not usually needed.

This way the tree will go sideways not up.
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Dana says...
I purchased a bare-root Pinkabelle and planted it a few months ago. There were a few leaves on it which have since fallen off. I can see new buds of branches on it but nothing has happened to the tree with regards to buds opening or any kind of growth since it was planted. When will it start to bud and how many years will it take to fruit?
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16th October 2010 9:50pm
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brad says...
@Dana - my Pinkabelle in Perth only recently bud burst (it was in Como at the time). So you're probably only a short time away down in busselton.

I would remove any fruit set in the first year, but thin it to fruit a litle in the 2nd. By the 3rd it should be quite productive
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18th October 2010 12:47pm
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tassiegardener says...
Not being very experienced with fruit trees, i was just wondering if this branch looks normal for a pinkabelle dwarf apple tree. It has a few branches on the tree the same and I was beginning to wonder if it may be a disease?
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itdepends says...
Looks like normal terminal buds for that variety to me.
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17th July 2012 9:41pm
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asder says...
'Fraid not. You have powdery mildew . No really effective trmt. other than pruning the tips off. Sulphur spray may be of small use.
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19th July 2012 10:14am
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Itdepends says...
Asder you should be aware that there are numerous sprays for dealing with powdery mildew which primarily affects leaves- not stems.

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asder says...
'Fraid not. The stem is affected first and the powdery mildew can be identified even in the dormant stage. I know of no effective spray. Can you help out?
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Brendan says...
There's a powdery mildew spray/milk spray here: http://www.annettemcfarlane.com/Doityourself.htm
I use copper oxychloride myself, seems to work. Some people use mancozeb plus.
Both need a wetting agent to be effective.
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26th July 2012 9:52am
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asder says...
Not sure about the link. She lumps all powdery mildews together. Apple powdery mil. is a distinct disease. If you check with reputavble sources, the standard advice is to prune off the affected growth. The consensus seems to be that spraying is not much use.
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Mike says...
http://www.dpi.vic.gov.au/agriculture/pests-diseases-and-weeds/plant-diseases/fruit-diseases/pome-fruit-diseases/ag0161-powdery-mildew-of-apples
Maybe this link is worthwhile.
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26th July 2012 7:42pm
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