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What causes fire blight on trees?
Last Updated: 24th April, 2020
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Thereof, how do you treat fire blight in trees?
As soon as fire blight is discovered, prune off infected branches 1 foot below the diseased sections and burn them to prevent further infection. Dip pruning shears into a 10% alcohol or bleach solution between each cut to avoid transmitting the disease from one branch to another.
One may also ask, what is fire blight on a tree? Fire blight, caused by the bacterium Erwinia amylovora, is a common and frequently destructive disease of pome fruit trees and related plants. The disease can destroy limbs and even entire shrubs or trees.
In this regard, can a tree recover from fire blight?
"If it spreads to the main stem, then the tree will die quickly." Symptoms of fire blight are wilting shoots, cankers on branches and blackened leaves, which give the disease its name - trees appear to be scorched. There is no cure for fire blight; however, some trees can be successfully pruned.
How is fire blight spread?
Fireblight can be spread from diseased to healthy plants by rain, wind, and pruning tools. The bacterium can survive the winter in sunken cankers on infected branches. In spring, the bacteria ooze out of the cankers and attract bees and other insects. Insects also help spread the disease to healthy plants.