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Desert Gold still not dormant!

Posted by sunnyinsandiego USDA 9/Sunset 20 (My Page) on
Tue, Dec 31, 13 at 12:27

Here I thought I had everything all planned out...

I have two peach trees, Desert Gold and White Babcock. The white dropped its leaves around Thanksgiving, which I figured was right on schedule for our climate and I started looking at some dormant sprays since I had some peach leaf curl this spring and wanted to see if I could nip it for next year. But the Desert Gold still has all its leaves! Should I...

1. Leave it, don't spray
2. Strip the leaves off, spray
3. Or....?

Thanks for any advice!

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RE: Desert Gold still not dormant!

  • Posted by mrclint z10SoCal Valley (My Page) on
    Wed, Jan 1, 14 at 13:39

I like your peach choices, both are excellent varieties in my locale.

The leaves should strip off easily now. I strip leaves as soon as possible so that I don't have to rake them up later. They go into the compost bin either way, so why not just cut out the middle step?

I don't spray, and haven't even after a few signs of PLC in some seasons, so I will defer to others on that.

RE: Desert Gold still not dormant!

Are they still green? Red-Yellow? Brown?

RE: Desert Gold still not dormant!

Fascist_Nation: 90% green, with just the barest touches of reddish-brown starting. You'd think it was October! Then again, it has been an awfully warm winter so far...

mrclint: have you noticed your PLC getting any worse or any better over the years? I'm not the biggest fan of spraying with anything, so if I can avoid it completely, I'd rather do that...

RE: Desert Gold still not dormant!

  • Posted by mrclint z10SoCal Valley (My Page) on
    Wed, Jan 1, 14 at 16:53

Leaves sometimes stay greenish longer than you would think. If they come off easily they are safe to strip.

PLC seems to be more of a symptom than a disease for me. If I neglect pruning and allow foliage to become dense/thick, without enough air/light penetration, some PLC will pop up. Plucking an occasional PLC leaf seems to work reasonably well. Note that it hasn't gotten out of hand like you see in some IPM pictures. As always, YMMV.

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