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Old 09-09-2009, 03:35 PM
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Question black mildew/mold on apples

Hi all

I was picking appled from my tree and noticed that they all appear to have some sort of black mildew/mold on the skin. This doesn't seem to effect the apple itself and it rubs off if I rub them with a damp cloth. its a little patchy but it covers the whole apple. All my apples seem to be effected. Had the same problem last year but didn't think to ask about it here.

I believe my trees are "Stark" red apples....

anyone know what it is?

anyone know how to prevent it from coming back?

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Old 09-14-2009, 11:58 PM
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anyone?! would love to have nice clean apples next year!!
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Hi - I havent' seen what you are describing before. Anytime I have had any fruit tree problems (mildew etc) i have used FertiLome "Triple Action". it comes in concentrate and is then sprayed with a hose end sprayer. It is a fungicide and insecticide I believe.

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Rocky,

Do you by chance have cedars or junipers near the apples? Let me see if I remember this correctly. A long time ago, someone told me that cedars nearby will cause a "rust" or something to grow on apples. I can't remember for certain, but maybe that's what they have??
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Paul, that's cedar apple rust. It doesn't wash off. It actually is a pitting rust on the skin of the apple that makes the skin rough, too.

Greg, I had the same problem a few years ago. I started using NEEM oil as my fruit tree spray and it stopped the mold/mildew. It's also an organic method of fungus/insect control. You can also use it as a dormant oil spray.

I use it on all my fruit trees and my grapes, too.

Hope it works for you.
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Greg, I had the same problem a few years ago. I started using NEEM oil as my fruit tree spray and it stopped the mold/mildew. It's also an organic method of fungus/insect control. You can also use it as a dormant oil spray.
thanks! I will give it a try. Could I bother you to share a little more details?
How its applied, when its applied, etc

I'm still a beginner on the tree care thing!
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Don't know if this applies to your apples, so it's just a thought....

Do you have aphids? They produce a sticky substance that can grow a black mold if the weather conditons are right. I've seen it on other garden crops that get infested with these pests.

Don't know if you can use whatever gets this mold. I never have.

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Just follow the directions on the bottle. I got mine at Lowes Hardware.
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I spray my plants every two weeks. If we get a long period of rain or a really bad storm (like 1-2 inches of rain...or like a few weeks ago when we had 7 inches of rain in about three hours) I spray after everything dries off and adjust my two week interval from there. A shower or a misty drizzle will not wash the oil off like a beating rain.

It has taken care of all the fireblight, powdery mildew, aphids, thrips, flies, everything.

As a side effect I have even seen the deer decide not to eat the apples. I spray it on the windfall apples or the damaged fruit that I can't get up off the ground right then and it keeps the yellowjackets away,too.

Just give the trees plenty of time and make sure they are pruned so the apples get some light and air circulation around them, too. In the spring you may have to snip off some apples out of the clusters to get fewer, but bigger and better apples.
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Thanks Kilroy,

I didn't know if it was available at hardware stores or if it was some custom concoction you mixed yourself.

I'll give it a try next season hopefully it will work!
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