Hail Damage in Apple Trees

Kalie Larkin Expert Advice, Plant Care Leave a Comment

We have had at least 3 major hail events since April of this year with the latest one being just 4 days ago on the 23 of June. I’m sure everyone especially remembers the one we had in April because the hail was measured at 2 inches around and damaged countless amounts of property. This damage included: totaling cars, breaking the windows of houses, damaging siding and causing what seems to be half the roofs in our towns to need to be replaced. When there is so much damage to neighborhoods as a whole most people overlook the damage to plant material. Trees, shrubs, garden vegetables, tender fruit and even leaves will be affected. A hail event like what we experienced in April can cause a total loss of a crop if the timing is exactly right, or wrong as the case may be.

It is also important to keep an eye on the canopy of your trees as well as the fruit. One of the things that will cause an orchard owner to lose sleep the night directly following a hail storm is the many openings to disease and infection that will have been caused. Fire blight is of major concern in any area that has experienced a past infection.

Hail damage can look similar to the damage you will see if you have an apple codling moth infestation. There are several distinct differences between the two, the main one being that hail will affect the skin and surrounding area whereas the damage incurred by codling moth will eventually go down into the meat of the apple. Simply cut into several of the apples on your tree and it should give you a good idea of which of the two your tree is experiencing.

If you have any questions about what you are seeing in your trees, please feel free to give us a call at 208- 523-5296.

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