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Whats wrong with my apple tree? last year was the first year we had any fruit, its 3yrs old, this year hardly any fruit, what fruit we have is misshapen, the leaves are dry and curling but i havent let the tree dryout I water it mornings, before the sun gets on it, and again in the evening. What am i doing wrong is it because its in a large pot? Please help..


  • I have a miniture peach and apricot tree which both have peach leaf curl. Last year was the first year of planting and the fruit went mouldy, shrivelled up and fell off the branches. I have since repotted both trees into large pots and placed in a nice sunny position. I bought a fungicide last week but after reading the instructions I should have used it before the buds and blossom started to appear. Some of the new growth is already showing signs of going reddish brown. Should I cut any of this growth back? Please could someone suggest a remedy?
    Many thanks,

    PS. What is Bordeaux mixture?
  • Dragon 87Dragon 87 Posts: 18

    Hi Poppy's mum.

    Expert i am not !     But i understand that Peach leaf curl is caused by a virus ? spread very early in the year by cold wet rain !?   I've planted & lost grafted standard plants (good that you had fruit !)

    I left them & are now growing back from the original rootstock (quite different !)...I'm waiting to see ,, but some flowers have opened....Maybe wait & see ?

    Here en francais it's used as a general fertiliser e.g .   vines, & is approved as Organic   .. GUESS WHAT ?     IS GOOD FOR PEACH LEAF CURL TOO

    Regards David

  • Dragon 87Dragon 87 Posts: 18

    PS  i forgot to mention that Bordeux mixture also helps with APPLE SCAB !

  • I'm battling peach leaf curl on a well established dwarf peach tree (10 + years old) that has increased because of a particularly wet spring here in San Diego California and I need help!

    Because the tree hadn't been sufficiently pruned in a few years (it is in my mom's yard and as she declined which lead to her passing last year, was unable to consistently prune). So I heavily pruned in January of this year and got a spray recommended by Home Depot to stop potential leaf curl and covered the tree.

    Flowers and leaves budded and opened beautifully but now the tree is heavily covered with big ugly leaf curl. There are a lot of tiny peaches too.

    From what I've read it says to spray to treat the curl before leaves and flowers bud. So is there *anything* I can do now to save this year's crop and help the health of the tree? I'll be just sick if the tree dies.

    The tree had some leaf curl in the past but never as bad as it does now.

    Any recommendations would be GREATLY appreciated! :)

    Jamie in San Diego
  • OK I know how to garden but am not that computer savvy .... I have 4 messages from my peach leaf curl post but I don't know how to read them image

  • Dragon 87Dragon 87 Posts: 18

    I can only suggest for now that you follow the instruction for the treatment ! for your  climate/conditions !?  (early/mid summer @ the latest! )

    But starting treatment  early  in the year, is best!!

    HYGIENE is very important (& like Roses , clear away/burn any infected leaves & cuttings ...To prevent problems next year

    Good luck David

  • Peat BPeat B Posts: 441

    Two peach trees, bought two years ago Last year they flowered. Fruited sparingly. This year, nowt, except for one measely reluctant blossom on one tree. Bright green new leaves, but starting to curl inwards, tightly. Is this a case for the wonder-drug, Bordeaux mix, to be sprayed liberally, in addition to pruning off the curled leaves ?

  • Peat BPeat B Posts: 441

    I forgot, last year, I gave a red card to a reluctant plum tree, pulled it up unceremoniously from it's spot, and put it in the 'sin bin' oop top of lotty. Here, in shame and isolation, in the same season of its' exile, it PRODUCED FRUIT !!! I think it should be called 'Contrary Plum' !

  • Alina WAlina W Posts: 1,445

    Pete, yes, Bordeaux mixture should be sprayed three times, just before the leaves drop, in mid January and early February. In the meantime, gather all infected leaves and burn them. If you do any pruning, sterilize the secateurs between each cut or you will just spread the disease.

  • Millie2000Millie2000 Posts: 2
    Is there a non-chemical cure for peach leaf curl please?
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