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Something is up with young Jonathon: after starting the season with some healthy buds, the new leaves shrivelled up and went a dark brown colour.
Then his bark turned a reddish brown and not much else has happened since.
The dwarf Granny Smith which I had in a similar pot in the same part of the garden seems fine, it flowered and has several developing fruit now. Her bark is a healthy greenish colour.
I pruned the shrivelled leaves but there is a sour smell about Jonathon, a little like fermenting apples. He is now quarantined in another part of the garden.
These are only young trees, one year olds. I have never grown apples before so don’t know what to expect. Should I keep Jonathon a little longer or give up now?
Also should I allow all of the apples develop on the Granny Smith? It is still such a small plant would it be better to take off some or all of the fruit before it gets too big?
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