We dispatch our trees every Tuesday, for delivery to most states of Australia.

For WA and Tasmania, we send trees on the first Tuesday of each month.

Due to the new Fire Ant restrictions, SA trees will also be sent on the first Tuesday of each month until further notice.

Apple Dimpling Bug

This bug is native to mainland Australia.  It is a greenish brown flying insect that is about 2-3 mm long. When squashed it has a very distinctive sweet odour.

Plant Part: Blossoms and young fruit.

Season: Winter – Spring depending on your climate and apple variety:

ALL Climates (Late June – early July) COLD Climate (Sept-October) just after budswell.

Symptoms: The bug feeds by taking sap from the blossoms and young fruit. This causes scarring and dimples when the fruit develops.

Control:  Put some sticky traps out around the tree if you are worried about this bug. This pest is generally not the type to hang around every year.

Prevention: You can use a pest repellent, but we would recommend avoid unnecessary spraying. As applying insecticides while your apple tree is in blossom can have a negative effect on bees, instead attract beneficial insects to your garden to help keep this pest at bay.

Resources: NSW department of Primary Industries, Department of Agriculture & Food WA, Australian Apple and Pear IPDM Dave Williams, Apple Dimpling Bug - Fruit Growers Victoria, and our FST team.