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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?

Submitted: 02:41PM, 05 Nov 2009
Answer: 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. Dynamic Lifter Advanced for Fruit & Citrus or Yates Thrive Granular Citrus Food (suitable for all types of fruiting trees) to your apple tree to promote healthy growth and fruiting. 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.

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