NOTE: In this article, ‘Early Harvest’ apple and Malus domestica may be used interchangeably; in fact, Malus domestica is the botanical name for ‘Early Harvest’ apple.
Most of the table apples that are eaten are domesticated varieties that carry the Malus domestica label. ‘Early Harvest’ is part of this large group. It is known for producing ripe apples early in the year, as early as late June in some regions.
The apples are small to medium-sized fruit with smoothish yellow-green skin and white juicy flesh, which is ideal for baking. There are three different sizes of apple tree: full-sized, semi-dwarf, and dwarf.
Why does my Malus domestica roots have rot?
Root rot on your ‘Early Harvest’ apple (Malus domestica) can be fatal if not treated with care. For this reason, we strongly recommend that you follow our guide to keep your plant alive if the symptoms occur: Root soft and blackened.
Why does my ‘Early Harvest’ apple have gray mold spots?
A particular fungus known as gray mold spots spreads quickly and frequently damages flowers. This fungus is probably to blame if you see any brown (or gray) spots. If you disregard these warning signs, your plant could die.
The solution is quite logical when you know the cause of the problem. Most of the time, it is due to overwater of the Malus domestica. We advise you to remove the infected parts of the plant, cut off the infected roots and leaves, then repot your plant using sterile potting soil and a clean pot.
Why does my ‘Early Harvest’ apple have leaf spots?
This type of disease is one of the most frustrating for ‘Early Harvest’ apple owners, we give you all the leads to spot and save your plants that present symptoms such as leaves that suddenly change color, or wilt/droop.
Why are my ‘Early Harvest’ apple leaves turning yellow?
Yellowing leaves are arguably the most prevalent issue in the gardening world. Overwatering or a lack of nutrients are the 2 main causes of this issue.
Whether you think your plants are getting too much water, cut back on how often you water them, and take the following measures to see if they might be nutritionally deficient:
Here are some indicators of yellowing on the Malus domestica brought on by its numerous flaws:
- Yellow patches between leaf veins on elder leaves are the first sign of magnesium shortage. Veins continue to be green while the leaf’s core turns yellow. The leaf’s edges yellow last.
- Another indicator of iron deficiency is yellowing between leaf veins, but young leaves on plant tops and branch tips are first affected.
- The newest leaves are first affected by sulfur deficiency, rendering them completely yellow.
- Insufficient potassium causes the leaf edges to turn brilliant yellow while the interior of the leaf stays green. Older leaves show the symptoms initially, and the leaf edges quickly darken.
- Nitrogen deficiency shows up as a general yellowing. Older, inner leaves turn yellow first. As it progresses, yellowing moves outward, eventually reaching young leaves, too.
You only need to act in accordance with the symptoms listed above. You can address a potassium or nitrogen deficiency by buying a particular soil, and a gardening store consultant will be able to advise you on how to do that. Furthermore, you can also limit how frequently you water your plants.
Is my ‘Early Harvest’ apple sunburned?
It is simple to determine whether your ‘Early Harvest’ apple (your Malus domestica) has sunburn. Your plant will change color in this instance, beginning to turn yellow or white, much like it does on us.
As we saw above, the leaves of your ‘Early Harvest’ apple can also change color if it receives too much water or insufficient light.
However, there is a way to tell if it is sunburn; look at the bottom of the yellow leaves, the ones that have a shaded area closer to the root, if this area stays greener, it is probably sunburned, not something else.
Why are my ‘Early Harvest’ apple leaves turning brown?
A plant’s browning leaves are typically a symptom that it has been sunburned and has been exposed to excessive amounts of direct sunlight. Don’t worry; your plant probably won’t perish as a result, but its growth will be negatively impacted.
Should I leave my Malus domestica in direct sunlight?
No! If your Malus domestica (or ‘Early Harvest’ apple) has the symptoms described above, don’t leave it in direct sunlight, that’s the reason why your ‘Early Harvest’ apple is in such a state!
The remedy, as said in the paragraph above, is simple: just move your plant’s ‘Early Harvest’ apple out of direct sunlight. Your plant should swiftly re-grow with this strategy and appropriate watering.
Why are my Malus domestica leaves drooping or wilting ?
In most cases, this happens when your Malus domestica lacks water. This is especially the case for large plants, naturally they need more water than others.
Whether your Malus domestica plant’s pot appears light, the soil and roots are likely fairly dry and need water, so you can readily tell if it needs to be hydrated.
In order to ensure that the roots of your plant receive the water’s benefits, you must first moisten the soil in the container if it is absolutely dry. One common error is to immediately drown the ‘Early Harvest’ apple after a dry period in the belief that it requires a lot of water.
This is the case, but giving too much water at once is the best way to finish it off, you should actually water the soil normally, resuming a quiet watering rhythm.
Caring Tips for Malus domestica
Your plant needs water to survive, but it’s crucial to balance the amount and timing of watering. As we previously mentioned, overwatering could be catastrophic for your Malus domestica.
You can tell if your plant needs water by touching the soil; if it still feels damp, it’s usually preferable to wait a few more days.
Always keep temperatures stable
It is also a good idea to keep your Malus domestica at a stable temperature (especially if it is kept indoors!). At GreenShack, we generally recommend staying in the 65 and 85 degrees F range. Of course, do not place your Malus domestica near a source of hot (or cold) air such as A/C units, radiators or the like.
Keep your ‘Early Harvest’ apple Dust-Free
This one relates to indoor plants. Just like your furniture, dust collects on the leaves of your indoor plants. The issue is that this can block the photosynthesis process from starting, which would cause the plants to gradually lose their color.
For your ‘Early Harvest’ apple, this would be a true descent into hell, and it would also appease the pests.
Take a microfiber cloth and gently massage the plant’s leaves to get rid of the dust. Use a damp cloth to make dust removal easier, but avoid using corrosive materials like rubbing alcohol!
Keep drainage in mind
If you have a tendency to overwater, you need to keep an eye on your drainage, we advise you to opt for a pot with drainage holes if it is not already the case and a saucer.
In the meantime, if you don’t have holes in your pots, you can add volcanic rocks (or any rocks with holes) at the bottom of your pot, this way it will create a channel so that the water doesn’t stay in your skin too much (to avoid that roots start to rot!)