Question - How do I get rid of mistletoe on my apple tree?

Answered by: Carl Wood  |  Category: General  |  Last Updated: 24-06-2022  |  Views: 623  |  Total Questions: 14

Non-chemical Mistletoe Control If you do the pruning yourself, remove infested material back to the branch collar. To kill mistletoe growth permanently, cut back the leaves and stems to the wood and then wrap the area with wide black polyethylene to block light and prevent it from re-sprouting. Mistletoe (Phoradendron spp. ) is a parasitic evergreen shrub that sends its rootlike structures into tree branches, where they absorb water and minerals. In severe infestations, mistletoe can kill an oak tree by robbing it of nutrients. It earns its genus name, Phoradendron, which means “thief of the tree. The most common host tree is the apple tree. Although mistletoe is a parasite, it will not kill a tree but it will affect a trees growth and harvest yields. Ethephon Sprays Ethephon is a growth-regulating chemical that prevents mistletoe from spreading by causing its shoots and flowers to dry out and fall from the tree. Because ethephon sprays take 7 to 14 days to work, treat the host tree by mid-July to kill the flowers before they start seeding in early August. "There is no threat to mistletoe as a species, because it grows wild in taller trees, " says Jonathan Briggs, an ecologist and mistletoe expert, "but we could find that within a couple of decades there won't be enough to harvest. " Mistletoe, a parasite, likes to grow on apple trees but orchards have been disappearing;

https://www.keepaustingreen.com/what-to-do-about-mistletoe/

It is generally considered to be easy to get rid of mistletoe. However, the plant can be stubborn and it may spring back. Simply cutting the twigs and leaves will not kill the mistletoe from your tree. You need to actively kill the roots and, with it, the entire plant.

https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/flowers/mistletoe/mistletoe-control-info.htm

Non-chemical Mistletoe Control If you do the pruning yourself, remove infested material back to the branch collar. To kill mistletoe growth permanently, cut back the leaves and stems to the wood and then wrap the area with wide black polyethylene to block light and prevent it from re-sprouting.

https://believebig.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/09/Frequently_Asked_Questions_About_Mistletoe.pdf

Unfortunately, mistletoe is not typically covered by health insurance. The cost depends on a physician's recommendations of extract strength and frequency, averaging $150 - $250/month for subcutaneous. IV mistletoe cost varies by dosage and frequency.

https://chatham.ces.ncsu.edu/2014/12/does-mistletoe-harm-trees-2/

Mistletoe is most easily seen in winter. Look for ball shaped green masses up to 3' wide connected to otherwise bare tree branches. Each mass in a tree is an individual mistletoe plant and a single tree may host only a few or many mistletoe plants. Birds are responsible for spreading mistletoe by seed.

https://www.foxnews.com/real-estate/why-kiss-under-the-mistletoe-the-stories-behind-christmas-tradit

According to the tradition, it's bad luck to refuse a kiss beneath the mistletoe. Once all the berries are gone, the bough no longer has the power to command kisses. So if you hang a bough of mistletoe this year, make sure it has plenty of berries on it.

https://www.lovethegarden.com/uk-en/article/mistletoe-viscum-album

Mistletoe won't grow on all tree species. The main hosts are apple, hawthorn, lime and poplar, although maples, willows, plums and rowans may also be suitable. In fact, most trees and shrubs of the rose family (Rosaceae) may be suitable.

https://www.usgs.gov/news/not-just-kissing-mistletoe-and-birds-bees-and-other-beasts-0

The rest of the year, and especially during winter, many types of birds including flycatchers and bluebirds rely on mistletoe berries for sustenance. But the phainopepla is just one of many birds that eat mistletoe berries; others include grouse, mourning doves, bluebirds, evening grosbeaks, robins, and pigeons.

https://www.bustle.com/articles/126992-8-mistletoe-facts-that-are-so-weird-they-might-make-you-rethi

Mistletoe isn't known to kill humans, but it can cause drowsiness, blurred vision, vomiting, and even seizures. It's also poisonous to animals, so make sure your cats and dogs don't get a hold of any leaves or berries either.

https://homeguides.sfgate.com/home-remedy-kill-mistletoe-trees-76951.html

Removing Affected Limbs. The most effective way to address mistletoe on trees is to remove infested limbs, making all cuts at least 12 inches below the parasitic plant's point of attachment. Cutting Back the Mistletoe. Wrapping the Affected Area. Removing Affected Trees.

https://www.intermistletoe.co.uk/mistletoe_care_and_advice.shtml

Keep your mistletoe cool until you want to use it. Outside in the cold, or in a shed or garage is best. You can spray it with cold water if it looks a bit dry. Basically if these simple instructions are followed you can expect you mistletoe to keep looking fresh for up to a month.

https://blog.nwf.org/2012/12/12-things-to-know-about-mistletoe/

All mistletoes grow as parasites on the branches of trees and shrubs. The genus name of North America's oak mistletoe—by far the most common species in the eastern United States—is Phoradendron, Greek for “tree thief. ”

https://www.fs.fed.us/r3/resources/health/field-guide/mistletoes/true.shtml

The small, sticky berries are white, pink or red and are ripe from October to January, depending on the species. Evergreen clumps of mistletoe are readily observed on bare deciduous trees in winter.

https://www.mnn.com/earth-matters/wilderness-resources/stories/8-things-you-didnt-know-about-mistlet

It's about more than just kissing. In the morning, they're supposed to burn the mistletoe, and if the flames burn steadily, they will have a happy marriage. (On the downside, a weak fire means the marriage will be an unhappy one. )

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mistletoe

European mistletoe has smooth-edged, oval, evergreen leaves borne in pairs along the woody stem, and waxy, white berries that it bears in clusters of two to six. The Eastern mistletoe of North America is similar, but has shorter, broader leaves and longer clusters of 10 or more berries.