Question: apricot and apple tree
given that I am a beginner, can you please help me on two problems that I found on my trees?
FIRST last year I planted an apricot tree, it went very well until flowering, the fruits blossomed now it has lost all the leaves and the fruits have remained very small (it seems deceased) can I save it?
SECOND I have an apple tree that has only put the leaves without flowers, but I realized that there is a hole in the trunk and by inserting a piece of iron wire it has inserted a lot inside breaking practically half of the trunk. Can I still save it? form of prevention for this ?? thanks in advance, best regards.
Answer: apricot and apple tree
I state that most of the fruit trees show particular symptoms in the first years of development, due to the fact that in spring, despite very contained root systems, they have to prepare foliage, buds, fruits, roots, and all in a few weeks; therefore it often happens of plants that produce very few fruits, few leaves, deformed branches, above all in the cases in which they have not been able to find in the soil mineral salts suitable for their development. A total defoliation of the plant is a very particular event, almost certainly due to crop problems; the first one I think of, and which I consider quite probable, is that your apricot has been watered excessively, so as to keep the soil always well drenched with water. The roots also practice gaseous exchanges with the soil, if they live in very wet and compact soils, such exchanges become impossible, and the roots die from asphyxiation. If the plant has now lost all its leaves, the only thing you can do is stop watering, to see if it recovers, but the odds are low; In the case of your apple tree, on the other hand, these are insects that eat wood, generally called rodilegno. These insects are eradicated by filling the tunnels they produce with an insecticidal product, so that the insect is killed quickly.
As for the apricot, the hopes that it can be saved are decidedly low, because after such a strong stress it is difficult for a young plant to start to vegetate again; in the case of the apple tree instead, using a special product for the wood rods, you should be able to eradicate it without inconveniences.