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    Default Question for gardeners / orchardists / horticulturalists

    Can anyone tell me what causes the blemishes on the apples in the photo? They don't seem to affect the taste, but they look weird. About half the crop on the one and only tree (Braeburn) seems to be affected.

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    Default Re: Question for gardeners / orchardists / horticulturalists

    Micro-meteorite strike.
    If not, it could be ectoplasm, call Ghost Busters.
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    Default Re: Question for gardeners / orchardists / horticulturalists

    Could be lack of water maybe?

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    Default Re: Question for gardeners / orchardists / horticulturalists

    Capsid bug.
    http://www.rhs.org.uk/advice/profile?pid=769


    Hmmm...do we have it here?

    Or Scab:
    http://growitfirst.blogspot.co.nz/20...developed.html

    Seems more likely to me....any thing o the tree leaves or just the fruit?
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    Default Re: Question for gardeners / orchardists / horticulturalists

    its a bug, and as its a sucking insect it causes damage to leaves and fruit........... harmless except visually.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Miridae

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    Default Re: Question for gardeners / orchardists / horticulturalists

    I looked at all those links - thanks. Looking again at the pics, it is perhaps not clear that the blemishes are quite raised - not just surface discolouration. Beetle, why do you say it is miridae? PCtek, I was about to say why capsid bug, and then I realized there was a slide show, and I think you are right.
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    Default Re: Question for gardeners / orchardists / horticulturalists

    They are the same bug................one is a UK page i looked for a NZ page but only got wikipedia
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    Default Re: Question for gardeners / orchardists / horticulturalists

    Quote Originally Posted by beetle View Post
    They are the same bug................one is a UK page i looked for a NZ page but only got wikipedia
    Oh, right. Thanks for the help. I was obviously using the wrong search terms as I never found any of those pages. Maybe because I had no idea what I was looking for.
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    LOL no worries....i knew it was a bug from my work (previous fruit picker / pruner and parks and reserves / council worker) but could not remember what it was called........ but new it was a bug not fungi or bacterial caused......... and i just put in apple blemish to images and went from there in google...... quite simple
    it would most likely not get through a pack house to sell - or if it did it would be sold as a second or non export quality......... but its quite ok. you can cut that bit off and eat it no problems....... it just looks funny.
    one of the few questions on pf1 i knew something about and could anwser...........
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    Default Re: Question for gardeners / orchardists / horticulturalists

    All my fruit trees get regular spraying throughout the year with Eco-oil and then with copper oxychloride sprays. This gets rid of any mites and fungus problems. Any insect infestations get a dose of insecticide spray. A regular handful of fertiliser around the root zone works wonders too, especially for citrus, as a healthy tree is more resistant to invasion by pests.

    If your citrus trees have unhealthy curly leaves, and the fruit has a brown scab on it, use the copper spray, and a good dose of fert and the effect is magic.

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