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PostPosted: Mon Jun 14, 2004 8:15 am 
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Can anyone help with my fruit problem? For the second year in a row, my peaches are rotting on the tree. The plums did it too. The fruit seems healthy up until nearly ripening, and then it seems like overnight that they rot on the tree. It starts out looking like some kind of mold, and then the fruit turns into a mummy and just hangs on the tree. The plums turned black and mushy and fell off. A lot of the peaches fall off. I have noticed that some of the new tree growth near the sick fruit also looks sick. Some has even died.

The local nursery advised that it is a calcium deficiency based on my description, and mentioned something about blossom end rot, but I am concerned that it is not because of the moldy look. My trees are now in their sixth season, and I have several varieties. My early peaches are looking like a total loss, and now I am seeing evidence of the same problem in the ones that will come on later. It does not seem to affect the pears or apples, but the tomatoes planted near the trees appear to be having some problems. None of the fruit looks sick, but the lower leaves on the vines look like they are dying off.

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PostPosted: Wed Jun 23, 2004 8:59 am 
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Its probably brown rot. I have had the same problem. clean the entire area of affected fruit, make sure there is ample air circulation in and around the trees, and begin the sick tree treatment. Unfortunately your crop this year is more than likely gone.
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 23, 2004 9:27 am 
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I suspected the same, so have been treating with Captan. I think that the best thing so far has been the daily removal of rotting fruit, but I too suspect that this years crop will be a total loss.

Were you sucessful with your next year crop after the infection? Is it completely gone from your trees?

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PostPosted: Wed Jun 23, 2004 10:03 am 
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still battling but I didn't begin the sick tree treatment until this spring so I'm looking to next year. I lost entire crop this year also, plus strong storms broke all but three main limbs of my two trees and therefore have other problems. I'm almost ready to cut the suckers down and start all over :evil:
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 23, 2004 10:27 am 
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I lost last years too, but I did not know what the problem was then. Hopefully it will not get my apples and pears.

I am wondering if there is something that I can use for a fungicide that might be a little more organic that Captan? I hate having to use chemicals on stuff that I plan to eat.

Also, did you notice any sap leakage that could be attributed to this disease? I ahve noticed that the twigs that the rotten peaches are on seem to be affected, even to the point of buring back and dying. Looks almost like a frost bite, except that they tend to leak a little sap similar to borer infestation.

A few years aga when my trees were two years old, a neighbors bull escaped and attacked the trees. Looked like he had an absolute hate for fruit trees and nearly destroyed them. As a result, neighbor bought seven new trees to replace the broken ones. I left the originals just in case, and guess what? They are now just as large and healthy as the ones that were not attacked. Peach trees seem to recover from serious breakage well, so I would suggest that you give yours a chance. Might even use this as an excuse to buy soem new ones to keep them company!

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I use potassium bicarbonate (any natural nursery will have it, probably feed stores also. I have not seen it at Home Depot, etc.) Some people swear by baking soda. I did not use it on thepeaches but have used it on my bushes and crepe myrtl (sp?) and it worked great. I sprayed both trees last year with the pot bicarb but there was no effect. Even the fruit that wasn't begining to ripen eventually rotted. Give it a try, it cant hurt and your infection may not be as bad as mine.
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Fruit Rot
Grapes infected with black rot turn brown, (so why don’t they call it brown rot?) then harden into small, black, mummified berries. Brown rot of stone fruits causes whole fruit to turn brown and soft. (Why don’t they call that whole rot?) Control fruit rots by planting resistant cultivars, removing and destroying infected fruit and pruning to increase air movement. Seaweed, garlic, compost tea and sulfur sprays throughout the season also help. The Sick Tree Treatment will help prevent or cure this disease.


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PostPosted: Wed Jun 23, 2004 3:53 pm 
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Where can I get the sick tree treatment?

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Go to home page and click on link to treatment. Also go to Forum index and click on Home brews for other organic treatments and feeds.


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