Borers on Apricot saplings - sap on apricot trees - natural remedies

Discussion in 'Gardening' started by GodofPecking, Nov 9, 2016.

  1. GodofPecking

    GodofPecking Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I think I have borers on my Apricot saplings because I see balls of sap on the little trunks which are the size of a grape, on finger or thumb size stem. I would like to know how to kill the little devils that are doing this, using something from the kitchen which can be eaten, and so is safe, or heat or cold or can I pick out the little things ? The environment is a chook yard, it has no real weeds and is rather dry lately except that I water the plants.

    I've generally just seen talk of the chemicals which would probably do a better job of making me sick or dead rather than the borers. I don't care for chemicals beyond what's in the kitchen.
     
  2. lazy gardener

    lazy gardener True BYC Addict

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    I'm more likely thinking that you are seeing some fungal infection. Do a google search for borer damage on Apricots, and then compare to fungal infection on Apricots. I think if it was borers, you'd be seeing frass at the entry site (powdered wood from the interior of the trunk.)
     
  3. GodofPecking

    GodofPecking Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I do as you suggest (and wish I hadn't, considering the pictures) and I bring up everything that looks close to the symptom of sap from the small branch. The ones I see said the sap is a symptom of something else, that may be fungus or borer or something else. The best site was rather pointless in todays world because it suggested "contacting an expert" rather than offering any information or directions with any value at all.

    I can only figure that sooner or later I'll have to treat the trees, using a method which would encompass all possible treatments, because I'll have to skip the intermediate steps including diagnosis and go to treatment.
     
  4. lazy gardener

    lazy gardener True BYC Addict

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    Call your local county agricultural extension office. They are often associated with a state college, and there should be an expert there who is familiar with orchard care and diseases who might be able to look at an e-mail pic and give you a diagnosis and treatment options.
     

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