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peach tree - red heaven

Posted by theman7676 none (My Page) on
Fri, Jul 20, 12 at 6:34

i will appreciate any help or advice to save next season corp
here are couple of picture of my 3 year old tree.
tree was loaded with fruits but they all dropped and all had this clear gel / waxy thing form on all of them. lots of leaf lose as well

i am located in ontario, canada, zone 5b

thank you so much, eli

first season had 8 beautiful tasty fruits, 2nd season had about 5 (but there was a windy cold front that killed all flowers after 1 day of bloom)

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RE: peach tree - red heaven

Eli, can't help in identifying the reason for dropping fruit. However this has been a very hot dry summer and the tree being stressed at some point for lack of moisture (though it looks good now). Just keep it properly watered and fertilized and hope for normal temperatures next spring.

I have a Reliance peach tree that was loaded in the summer of 2010 and 2011. However nothing this year on this peach tree or apple tree or sweet or sour cherries most probably due to the warm week in Ottawa in March (close to +25C for almost a week) follwed by freezing temperatures and even dipping to close to -10C at some point. On top of that, the tree got 'leaf curl' peoblem this year. This reminds me to start watering it now.

RE: peach tree - red heaven

Any time a fruit drops cut it open and look for bugs. Your peaches likely were infested with the plum curculio, a widespread pest. Google that word for more information. If you don't do something to protect the fruits they will drop every year.


RE: peach tree - red heaven

Also the tree doesn't look at all good to me. At this time of the year it should be lush with new growth with an almost inpenetrable canopy- that is without summer pruning.

Young peach trees need freedom from ground competition in the form of weeds and sometimes even from large nearby trees. A feeble young tree will drop fruit even without insect problems. Just doesn't generate enough energy for fruit production AND survival.

Here in S. NY state peaches (unlike E. plums, nectarines and apples) aren't so much bothered by PC and it is plant bugs that take the biggest toll. Because bugs feed from the outside, fruit doesn't usually drop off from their damage when small.

RE: peach tree - red heaven

thank you all for the advice.
i just cut open one remaining fruit and i dont see no insect damage from the inside....only the wax outside....
not sure if there is anything i can do of course for next season....

RE: peach tree - red heaven

  • Posted by luke_oh zone 5 NE Ohio (My Page) on
    Tue, Jul 24, 12 at 17:46

It looks like Oriental Fruit Moth. I had the OFM problem last year. I changed my spray schedule this year and it seemed to work for me. Maybe I was just lucky. Get as much info as you can on the OFM, there's lots available on this site. luke

RE: peach tree - red heaven

FYI--it's actually "Red Haven" or "Redhaven" (but I like your name--Red Heaven--a lot better! Sounds yummier!)

Carla in Sac

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