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why does the fruit split on my apple tree



Two potential reasons here. A long dry spell followed by wet. The skin of the fruit expands relatively evenly and if there is a long dry spell, it stops growing and a sudden increase in water causes it to split.

The other potential reason is when it get a fungal infection called scab. This causes corky patches (scar tissue) to develop on the skin which cannot grow any more so split at these points as the fruit expands.

20 Jul, 2010

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