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Zestar! Apple tree

Owner: JSchreiber

Location:  West Concord, MN, United States

Age:Planted in about 2013
Age of this tree:14 years
Soil:rich soil with clay 
Climate at this location:cold winters
Pruning:Slight pruning
Tree form:Central leader (widest at bottom)
Height:Between 6ft / 2m and 15ft / 4m
Cropping:Light crops
Growth:This tree grows easily here
Herbicides:Manual treatment (hoeing and weeding)
Pesticides:Organic treatments
Local pests:codling moths and apple maggots

Owner's comments

I use apple footies to prevent maggots and limit codling moth damage.

Season records for this tree

  • 2022

    Spring blossom: 20 May
    Harvest: 3rd week August  2kg / 4lbs
    Size: 3.5m / 11.7ft high   
    Canker: Not present
    Scab: Not present
    Mildew: Not present
    Fireblight: Not present
    Cedar-apple rust: Mild attack
    Woolly aphid: Not present
    Codling moth: Not present
    Plum fruit moth: Not present
    I use "footies" that keep most pests away. Many apples, however, were lost to high winds this spring/summer.
  • 2016

    Harvest: 1st week September  0kg / 0lbs
    Size: 3.0m / 10.0ft high   
    I had five apples that survived the June drop--but then in early August squirrels came and picked them off one by one, carried them back to the maple tree, peeled off the footies, ate a bit, and left what was left there.
  • 2015

    Harvest: 4th week August  1kg / 2lbs
    Size: 2.0m / 6.7ft high   1.5m / 5.0ft wide
    Canker: Not present
    Scab: Not present
    Mildew: Not present
    Fireblight: Not present
    Cedar-apple rust: Not present
    Woolly aphid: Not present
    Codling moth: Not present
    Plum fruit moth: Not present
    Silverleaf: Not present
    Excellent weather for all trees. I never saw or heard a bee yet I had a high pollination rate.