Warty Apples.

Asked September 22, 2014, 6:22 PM EDT

My apples have these things on them that look like a pointed wart, for lack of a better description.

I know it is late in the season now, but is there something I can do so next year's apples will look as good as they did they in 2013?

Champaign County Ohio apples apple insects

1 Response

The disfiguration may be due to an insect called an apple maggot. It generally causes damage that is more knobby or bumpy than warty. There are spray schedules with insecticides tat will prevent the knobs from occurring. Another possibility for the wartiness are the summer diseases that are associated with lots of summer rains. They are generally more cosmetic in nature and generally only cause the apple to look bad.