Fireblight is a very damaging bacterial disease that affects various plants of the rose family.

What does is Affect?

In Alberta, many ornamentals and fruit-producing species can be affected, such as:

  • Apple;
  • Crabapple;
  • Hawthorn;
  • Raspberry; and
  • Saskatoon.

What to Look For

Fireblight has distinctive symptoms that may appear on various parts of the plant that are infected:

  • Leaves will turn brown or black, and twigs will curl;
  • Blossoms can quickly become blighted and turn brown; and
  • Material will have the appearance of being burned

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There are best practices that you can follow to help manage Fireblight in the dormant and growing season.

In the dormant season:

  • Cut out the cankers about 15-30cm below the canker margins in the growing season;
  • Remove infected branches as soon as they are spotted, and be sure to prune them a minimum of 30-40cm below the visible area of infection;
  • Continue to monitor every few days for new infections;
  • Avoid over-fertilizing trees as excessive root growth is more susceptible to infection;
  • Avoid any overhead sprinklers/irrigation; nd
  • Certain chemical and biological controls are recommended for preventative use.

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