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Offline spuds

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my apple tree
« on: June 01, 2016, 02:05:33 PM »
moved home back in Feb
apple tree there , now can any one have a guess  or tell me what you think it is
also what's this white stuff on it
it had very little blossom on
 
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Re: my apple tree
« Reply #1 on: June 02, 2016, 01:09:19 AM »
It looks like apple woolly aphid infestation to me Spuds. Colonies will develop around cracks and wounds in trees, as well as new shoots. They tend to show up around old pruned stumps or on the bark of older trees.

If you're asking what variety it is - I haven't got a clue without seeing some apples. Sorry!
 

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Re: my apple tree
« Reply #2 on: June 02, 2016, 08:05:23 AM »
cheers BG , if its woolly aphid how do I get rid of them ?
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Re: my apple tree
« Reply #3 on: June 02, 2016, 12:53:28 PM »
They're in the aphid family. Now aphids are susceptible to soapy water, because they breathe through their skin and you basically suffocate them by locking their breathing apparatus. However, woolly aphids are a lot trickier, because the white stuff you see is a waxy excretion they use to protect themselves from predators - it also protects them from soapy mixtures. I would spray them with a bee friendly preparation of some alcohol based stuff, like surgical spirits, or even good old meths. That will dissolve their waxy coating and leave them vulnerable. If that doesn't actually kill them, then after a treatment with a spirit based spray, give them a second soaking of good old soapy stuff. You can buy insecticide soap spray, but a squirt of washing up liquid mixed with water in a spray works just as well.

They're also hard to get rid of because they're 'perennial'! They overwinter so a colony doesn't just last for one season and then dies. They're not so tough as to get the better of you though Spuds, just a little more difficult than their cousins. They DO like apple trees, the clue is in their name - "Apple Woolly Aphids"
 

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Re: my apple tree
« Reply #4 on: June 02, 2016, 02:02:11 PM »
well been and spayed them as I spayed I could the little blighters under the outer coating
the war has started  first battle to me I think!

by the way it has really got hot in the last couple of hours here  CThUpD:-)
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Re: my apple tree
« Reply #5 on: June 02, 2016, 06:34:13 PM »
well been and spayed them as I spayed I could the little blighters under the outer coating
the war has started  first battle to me I think!

by the way it has really got hot in the last couple of hours here  CThUpD:-)

Just you feeling hot through excitement and exertion I guess . . . .   what:-o    lol(1)