[NAFEX] peach leaf curl and gooseberries
alandhaigh at gmail.com
Sat May 16 12:48:27 EDT 2009
Peach leaf curl does hurt peach trees just as any defoliation at the start
of growing season would hurt any tree. It often renders the crop useless
(small and tasteless) and weakens the tree. One spray of Bravo a couple
weeks before bud break is a practical solution in my opinion.
The cultural way of reducing chance of infection is keep trees openly pruned
with plenty of space between trees and keep any turf within a few feet of
trees closely mowed at least until summer. In my nursery I only see peach
leaf curl in closely spaced trees. The longer dew remains on the leaves
after daybreak, the greater chances of infection it appears, at least in the
northeast. This is also apparently true of brown rot.
On the subject of gooseberries, I personally prefer Invicta to Poorman
although they are of similar eating quality in my experience. Invicta is
prettier (I like striped gooseberries) and less susceptible to mildew.
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