Apple trees are often grown for their beautiful flowers and the fruits they bear. While apple trees are generally healthy, they are susceptible to a fungal disease that can cause rapid wilting and death. Texas root rot in apple trees spread, and there are no chemical pest control products, the disease can be eliminated.
Texas root rot is also known as cotton root rot and is more common in apple trees and medlar, figs, peaches and apricots. Other landscape trees are also susceptible to this fungal disease, including elm, ash, roses and oleander. Root systems of infected apple trees usually already by the disease by the time symptoms appear affected. Apple trees with Texas root rot will fastest and infected heatwaves decrease due to the increased demand for water tree.
Infected apple trees with Texas root rot often develop wilting leaves as the first symptom. Infected trees show symptoms quickly in the hot months of summer, and trees often die within three days after the onset of symptoms. Apple trees infected with this fungal disease often leaves on the tree at the time of death. The taproot of the infested trees is usually completely rotten.
There is no way to test the soil for signs of Texas root rot before planting apple trees. Avoid planting susceptible trees such as apple, pear and peach in an area where Texas root rot is a problem in previous years. Not apple trees planted in an area where the trees died recently of Texas root rot.
Currently, there are no chemical products are available for home gardeners the prevention and control of Texas root rot. In some cases fumigant products have been used with some success, but these chemicals are expensive and usually applied by a licensed applicator insecticide. Applications must be repeated every two years to be of fumigants for further disease control, advises the University of Arizona.