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Peach and plum trees dying

Posted by five55nm New zealand (My Page) on
Sat, Feb 9, 13 at 19:03

Hi,
I have planted these young fruit trees. One is a Santa Rosa plum, one is a black Doris plum and the other is a red peach. They all seem to be dying. It has been hot and dry here so I'm thinking that might be the problem. It is also a bit windy on occasion as well. Not sure what the ph of the soil is.
I'm hoping some kind person can identify my issue from the photo and help me out.
Also I'm wondering if the problems affecting these trees could hinder fruiting later on, even if rectified now.


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RE: Peach and plum trees dying

I can't see a photo, but when did you plant them, and where are you?
It's been a pretty dry summer for most people in NZ...
Young trees can need regular watering through at least their first summer.
Are the trees mulched? Thick mulch, NOT touching the trunk, really helps reduce evaporation and competition.
I'd give them a really long, deep water at the roots(like leave the hose on low under the mulch for a couple of hours).
Plums especially, like quite a bit of water.


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RE: Peach and plum trees dying

Thanks for your reply feijoas. I thought I had uploaded a photo. Funny you mentioned mulch, I mulched them earlier today with washed seaweed. We have marigolds planted around the base of the trees as well.


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RE: Peach and plum trees dying

Here is the other plum. I'm a real newbie, this is my first garden.


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And one of two red peaches. If its water problems and I get them back to health will they fruit as normal or have I stuffed them? I have a root stock with two varietys of apple on it and its looking real good right next to these trees as well. When I searched online, google coughed up all this stuff on fireblight, which I'm hoping its not.


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RE: Peach and plum trees dying

  • Posted by fruitnut z7b-8a,4500ft SW TX (My Page) on
    Sun, Feb 10, 13 at 9:14

Fire blight doesn't affect peach and plum. Your trees probably just need water. First year trees are much more sensitive to lack of water because they have a small root system. They will not compete with weeds or marigolds. Water them good now and they still might bear fruit next year. If not the year after.


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