[NAFEX] Re: Organic Fireblight Treatment

Lucky Pittman lucky.pittman at murraystate.edu
Mon Mar 10 11:27:42 EST 2003

At 10:38 AM 3/10/2003 -0500, Tom wrote:

>What is the science behind the zince fertilizer?  I hope the 
>horticulturist mentioned it.

Here's some info on Zn for pecans, from TAMU's webpage on pecan production 
in the home landscape:


"Frequent zinc sprays are essential for rapid tree growth. Trees deficient 
in zinc usually have small, weak leaves, highly branched (rosetted) twigs 
at shoot tips and, in severe cases, dieback of twigs and branches. During 
the first 7 years, trees grow best if foliar sprays of zinc are applied at 
least every 2 weeks throughout the growing season of April through early 
August. If the trees are not growing, reduce the spray frequency. Spray 
mature trees with zinc at least three times between bud break in late March 
or early April and early June. Zinc is needed primarily by young expanding 
leaflets. Leaflet expansion on mature trees usually stops by mid-June. Two 
of several choices of zinc materials to spray are:

Zinc nitrate is formulated as a liquid. Use 2 to 4 teaspoons per gallon or 
1 to 2 quarts per 100 gallons of water.

Zinc sulfate is formulated as a powder. Use 2 teaspoons per gallon or 2 
pounds per 100 gallons of water. UAN liquid fertilizer (32-0-0) can be 
added at a rate of 1 quart per 100 gallons of the zinc sulfate solution to 
improve penetration of zinc into the foliage. Zinc sulfate spray can cause 
leaf burn on other trees in the home landscape, especially peaches, plums 
and other stone fruits. Zinc sprays are most effective if applied early or 
late in the day with little or no wind. The higher humidity under these 
conditions allows longer wetting and more zinc absorption. Zinc sprays pose 
a minimal hazard to man and animals, yet care should be taken not to 
contact the spray directly. Zinc sprays are not likely to stain sidewalks, 
houses, cars, etc.

These zinc materials can be mixed and sprayed in combination with most 
chemicals labeled for insect and disease control. Consult Texas 
Agricultural Extension Service publication L-1140 Homeowner's Fruit and Nut 
Spray Schedule for recommended combinations."


My dad is a big proponent of using Red Devil Lye to promote better nut 
production on pecans, though he just sprinkles a box on top of the ground, 
all around the drip line.  I pooh-poohed the idea initially, but maybe I 
need to re-think it.

Lucky Pittman
USDA Zone 6
Hopkinsville, KY

More information about the nafex mailing list