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Flowering apple tree

How to water and prune the flowering apple tree

The watering of the flowering apple tree, possibly done with a drip irrigation system, should not be very abundant, but should be done frequently, especially in the summer season. Watering is stopped about a month before fruiting. As far as pruning is concerned, usually, it begins during the month of August and proceeds by eliminating the suckers and dried or weakened branches; it is necessary to continue thinning and shortening the branches exposed laterally. After this operation, the apple tree will grow several other branches during the following season; these will be shortened in such a way as to give the flowering tree the desired shape. This procedure must be carried out until the desired shape of the plant is obtained.

How to grow the flowering apple tree


The flowering apple tree can easily adapt to many soils, but prefers those with a depth of at least forty centimeters, draining and not very calcareous. The pH must go from 6.5 to 7.5; avoiding soils with a pH below 5.4 and those with a pH above 8.8. The flowering apple tree is a plant that resists low temperatures well and can live in areas that go down to -25 ° C, but the frosts could still do damage to the plant. You can cultivate the flowering apple tree anywhere, but it prefers a cool climate and areas that are located at an altitude between 600 and 1,000 meters. The tree suffers from dry periods and stagnation of water but needs good exposure to the sun. The plants must be planted during the winter and the earth must be prepared in advance by adding a lot of organic fertilizer.

How to fertilize the flowering apple tree


Regarding the fertilization of the flowering apple tree, it must be done after flowering, therefore towards the end of May, to ensure a good re-flowering the following season.It is necessary to distribute three hundred grams of nitrogen and four hundred grams of potassium for each flowering plant. These quantities of fertilizers are intended for a normal soil condition, in particularly fertile soils, such as those adjacent to rivers, these quantities must be reduced or even completely eliminated. Similarly, if the land were too poor, fertilization should be increased by up to a third. In trees that produce few flowers there is no need to fertilize, for this reason, each plant must be fertilized differently according to its actual condition and its specific needs.

Flowering apple tree: Possible diseases and pests


Regarding diseases, it can be said that the flowering apple tree fears the attack of various parasites that destroy the foliage of the apple tree, flowers, buds and fruits.One of the most common problems of the tree is scab, a disease caused by tiny fungi that produce dark-colored spots on apple fruit and leaves. Another problem is the fruit worm, an insect that inserts itself into the apple, devours it, forming tunnels inside and making it inedible. Red mites are also a big problem for the flowering apple tree, which, moving on the foliage, extract the sap and cause the plant to perish. In addition to these described, some larvae, species of fungi and rot could occur if you decide to grow fruit trees such as the flowering apple.

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