Home Orchards: Table 4.7. Pesticide Recommendations for Apples

The following spray schedule will provide desirable disease and insect control during normal seasons.
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If the weather is dry, the time between spray applications can be increased to 21 days; if the weather is wet, sprays should be applied every 10 to 14 days. To avoid harming bees, do not use an insecticide in sprays applied during the bloom period. Due to a wide array of various products containing the same active ingredient for insecticide recommendations, when appropriate, the active ingredient is listed instead of the name of formulated product. Follow all instructions and application rates listed on pesticide labels.

CAUTION: Broad-spectrum insecticides (those with a large number of pests listed on the label) have significant potential to be harmful to non-target organisms such as bees and other beneficial or predatory insects.

Time to SpraySuggested MaterialsaPests to be controlled
Green Tip - when leaves are 1/4 inch longOil plus
Scales, mite eggs aphids, scab, powdery mildewb
Prepink - first pink color of flower budscGPProduct mix, or
Captan 50WP
Scab, aphids, caterpillars, scales, rust, powdery mildew
Pink - just before blossoms opencSame materials as Prepink plus Safer SoapcScab, rust, powdery mildew, aphids, scales
Petal Fall - 90% of flower petals offcCaptan plus
imidacloprid plus esfenvalerate or Surround plus
CM granulosis virus
Scab, rust, powdery mildew, curulio, caterpillars, oriental fruit moth, European apple sawfly
1--14 days after petal fallcGPProduct mix, or
Captan plus
Spinosad, plus
Last Call mating disruption, plus
CM granulosis virus
Scab, rust, powdery mildew

codling moth, oriental fruit moth
14 days laterc,d,eGPProduct mix, or
Captan 50WP plus
Spinosad, plus
Surround, or Safer Soapc, or summer oile
Calcium chloride
Summer rots, sooty blotch, flyspeck, scab,

Corking, bitter pit of apple
Continue applications onc,d,e 10- t 14-day interval until harvest. Read the label as to the preharvest interval of when to stop spraying.Same materials as last spray.Scab, summer rots, sooty blotch, flyspeck, scab, apple maggots, mites, worms


a. Match pesticide efficacy against problem pests before selecting spray materials (see Tables 4.5 and 4.6)
b. Where powdery mildew is a problem, add wettable sulfur in prepink through late-June sprays. Do not apply sulfur if the temperature is predicted to be 80°F or higher on the day of application.
c. Safer Soap will probably russet fruit.
d. If cork spot or bitter pit is a problem, the addition of calcium chloride can help reduce their occurence.
e. Summer oil can not be used 14 days before and after captan application or fruit russeting will occur.