Replacing a tree that died of Fire Blight

Asked September 20, 2016, 10:37 AM EDT

We have a crab apple tree that died of Fire Blight. We would like to replace it with an apple tree - in the same spot. What kind of precautions do we need to take it any? Do we need to be careful about cutting roots? Will disease travel from the old roots into the new tree? Thanks for your help! Brenda Anderson

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2 Responses

Fire blight is spread by wind, rain and insects. It's not soil borne so there's little risk that the disease will spread from the dead tree's roots to its replacement. Nevertheless, it's not advisable to plant the replacement at the very same spot. Here's why:
https://web.extension.illinois.edu/askextension/thisQuestion.cfm?ThreadID=15340&catID=199&As...

Learn more here:
http://www.omafra.gov.on.ca/english/crops/facts/fireblight.htm#biology


When you select a replacement, choose a variety that's fire blight resistant.
https://extension.unh.edu/resources/files/Resource002182_Rep3214.pdf