[NAFEX] Plum Curculio and Tree Painting

Scott Williamson ScottW at acespower.com
Mon Mar 19 12:56:15 EDT 2007

Thanks Marie, I guess I would have killed some trees if I hadn't asked.
Also, blooming a little later sounds like a bit of a benefit to me since
it might help avoid some frost.  Can you estimate much it might delay
blooming?  A few days or a few weeks?


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[mailto:nafex-bounces at lists.ibiblio.org] On Behalf Of MARIE ASHTON
Sent: Monday, March 19, 2007 12:15 PM
To: North American Fruit Explorers
Subject: Re: [NAFEX] Plum Curculio and Tree Painting

Use an latex interior paint diluted 50-50 with water and paint the
trunks up to the first limbs. Do not use any type of oil based paint as
these will hurt your trees. A painting mit (a glove for painting) sold
in many paint stores is good for this as it is easier to paint round
objects. The painting will need to be redone each year to keep up the
protection. One offshot of this is that your trees will bloom a little
later as the white color reflects the sunlight and cools the trunks. 
Richard Ashton
Oak Creek Orchard
bwoodtx at verizon.net

	----- Original Message ----- 
	From: Scott Williamson <mailto:ScottW at acespower.com>  
	To: North American Fruit Explorers
<mailto:nafex at lists.ibiblio.org>  
	Sent: Monday, March 19, 2007 8:08 AM
	Subject: [NAFEX] Plum Curculio and Tree Painting

	There was a discussion a while back about painting the trunk of
a tree to discourage or confuse Plum Curculio.  I thought I would
experiment this year and try painting some of my trees and see how the
painted vs. non-painted are affected but had a few questions.
	Most importantly I've never painted any of my tree trunks before
and don't want to kill the trees so do I need to use a special kind of
paint or will any exterior paint work?  How thick should I put it on?
Any other general tree painting tips?
	Also how high up the trunk should the paint be to discourage the
Plum Curculio?  2-3 feet?



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