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red peach partial leaf out, curled new leaves

Posted by sanclementekim none (My Page) on
Fri, Jun 29, 12 at 18:41

I have been growing a red peach from a pit and it's in its fourth year (2nd year in the ground). It has been a thriving tree until now, and I had hoped that we'd get a peach or two this year (we won't). We had unseasonable hot weather in February and the tree looked like it was going to pop with blooms, but then the weather got really cold for a few weeks and when it warmed again, we got just a few buds. Then, the lower branches all leafed out nicely, but the upper branches got leafs at the tips and none in the middle and the new leaves at the base of the upper branches are curled, but NOT red and warty like peach tree leaf curl. None of the good leaves have any curl nor red warts.

Besides the weird weather causing the tree to be confused, the only things I can think of are 1) I fertilized too late, or 2) I cleared out ground cover from under the tree by hand (perhaps I disturbed sensitive top roots?) Now that I think of it... I did the same to my plum tree and it has a similar problem... however, it experienced the same weather and tardy fertilization.

I was waiting until after fruiting to prune it, but since we didn't get any fruit, should I go ahead and prune it to conserve the tree's energy because the tree doesn't have enough nutrient/water uptake to supply the whole tree?

Many thanks in advance.

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Bad year ?

Has this been a bad year for fruit growing in general? Apart from the peaches and nectarines with bad leaf curl(even though they had a thorough winter wash and copper fungacide spray in early spring)my victoria plum has leaf curl and lost all its fruit, and the pears and apples although looking healthy have only two apples and no pears. The only ones doing extremely well are the 3 grape vines which are as healthy as can be.

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