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My pinkerbelle apples were mottled brown last year, what can I do to stop it happening again

Last year the apples on my pinkerbelle apple tree were mottled brown when cut open, what is the problem? Is there something I can do to stop it happening again?

Fruit and Citrus • Garden Jobs

Dear R,

It does sound like your apple tree may be suffering with a boron deficiency. The symptoms in fruit showing up as cracking, dark, spongy areas in the flesh, and browning of the core. You could at this stage give your apple tree some trace elements. This product is soluble and will be absorbed by the root system and then translocated within the plant. One application should be enough to last for 12 months. If you haven't already done so, you should apply a quality fertiliser eg.Try Yates Thrive Natural Citrus & Fruit Pelletised Plant Food. It's enriched with Dynamic Lifter and has added nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium to give your fruiting plants the right balance of nutrients for their growing needs. Ensure that you water in the granule thoroughly and avoid applying closer than 30cm from the trunk. Trust your tree will improve and it produces lots of delicious apples.



Answered: 5 Nov, 2018

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