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We have 2 ‘dwarf’ apple trees, in Northland, planted 7 years ago. They are now well grown & appear healthy.
They fruited well after the first 2 years, however the last 2 crops of apples are smaller, deformed, & have small dark- coloured spots with indentations which go right into the apple. There has been no hail, & no evidence of creatures inside the apples. I inquired locally last season & was told to spread more lime, this was done to no avail! Help!

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Hi Anne, not sure why lime was recommended, unless you have acidic soil. Most likely it will be a fungal disease in regards to the black spots. Size wise, this is most likely to do with soil moisture content during critical growing times. I would recommend a good organic spraying programme especially during the winter months, this will consist of lime sulphur, oil and copper (all of these can be bought as an organic product). This will help prevent lots of problems during the summer months. As far as watering is concerned, you might need to do some deep watering during some dry spells, especially around Dec/Jan/Feb when the fruit requires it most. Thanks, the Palmers team

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