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We purchased an dwarf apple tree with 3 varieties of apples from Palmers on the weekend. The tree did not have any care instructions attached. The Palmers assistant suggested that I ask on this website for instructions on the correct spray and care calendar for this type of tree.

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Apples (Malus domestica) require a sunny, sheltered site, they prefer warm summers and winter chilling for good fruiting. Dwarf rootstocks need fertile, well-draining soils. Apply a slow-release fertiliser such as Agriform or Magamp at planting time and fruit tree fertilser inspring. Keep grass and weeds away from the base of the tree and apply mulch. Apples can be prone to a number of pest and diseases and need a regular pest and disease preventative spray programme to achieve a healthy crop. Here are some basic tips. Dormant – apply champ DP or copper oxychloride, and conqueror oil or Pest oil for fungus diseases and insects. Bud swell – apply champ DP or copper oxychloride for fungus diseases. Is is some information taken directly form the Palmers Fruit Growers Handbook. Pink (before flowering) and in full bloom – apply Fungus fighter for black spot. Petal fall – Fungus fighter, lime sulphur and Success Naturalyte for black spot, codling moth and powdery mildew. Three weeks after petal fall – Fungus fighter, and Success for black spot, powdery mildew and leaf-roller moths Three-week intervals to harvest – Success, Mite killer and Pyrethrum.

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