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Old 06-19-2016, 05:12 AM
 
Location: Mount Airy, Maryland
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I'm so done with this. A tree arbor guy said my spraying time was off which resulted in bugs killing the fruit. So I took his advice and sprayed after half the blossom petals have dropped, then a few weeks later as the fruit was just starting the form. But the same results occurred. On both my peach and pear trees the fruit gets about marble size, then they drop to the ground. It can't be a lack of rain, we had one of the wettest late springs ever in the Mid Atlantic.

Any ideas?
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Old 06-19-2016, 05:35 AM
 
Location: N of citrus, S of decent corn
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I am having the same problem with citrus this year, after a great crop last year, all the fruit dropped off. Do you tend to get a good outcome every other year? Maybe you are not doing anything wrong.
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Old 06-19-2016, 06:08 AM
 
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Rain & wind too much can harm the fruits on trees, too.
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Old 06-19-2016, 06:19 AM
 
Location: LI,NY zone 7a
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I'm so done with this. A tree arbor guy said my spraying time was off which resulted in bugs killing the fruit. So I took his advice and sprayed after half the blossom petals have dropped, then a few weeks later as the fruit was just starting the form. But the same results occurred. On both my peach and pear trees the fruit gets about marble size, then they drop to the ground. It can't be a lack of rain, we had one of the wettest late springs ever in the Mid Atlantic.

Any ideas?
From what I have read, last years drought is playing havoc with many trees and bushes this year. I have a climbing hydrangea that has never given me a lick of trouble in the past ten years. This year the entire top of the bush is looking terrible. Flowers would set, and in a blink off an eye would die. Many of my perennials are also stunted this year. Many plants that would normally grow above six feet have stopped growing at the four foot mark.
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Old 06-19-2016, 07:23 AM
 
Location: Mount Airy, Maryland
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Thanks for the replies. The new peach tree of last year, which produced a few in it's first year, didn't even produce a small fruit. The new one had a lot, then they dropped. But the asian pear has done this every year and we are in year 12. I was hoping the timing of the spray from 2 springs ago, repeated this year, spring would change that but nope. So something's terribly terribly wrong.
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Old 06-19-2016, 01:52 PM
 
Location: East of Seattle since 1992, originally from SF Bay Area
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If there were still blossoms when you sprayed, the chances of bees pollinating them are greatly reduced.mi would neve spray until the fruit has set. Small fruit dropping off is almost always lack of pollination.
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Old 06-19-2016, 01:57 PM
 
Location: North Beach, MD on the Chesapeake
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Many trees also have a fruit drop after fruit formation for a number of reasons including having too many. Younger trees are prone to do it.


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Old 06-19-2016, 02:40 PM
 
Location: midvalley Oregon and Eastside seattle area
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AKA, "June Drop" in the PNW.
IMO, pollination, weather related, and ability of tree to support the amount of fruit.
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Old 06-19-2016, 02:46 PM
 
Location: Mount Airy, Maryland
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If there were still blossoms when you sprayed, the chances of bees pollinating them are greatly reduced.mi would neve spray until the fruit has set. Small fruit dropping off is almost always lack of pollination.
Yeah I thought about that but the arborist said plenty of blossums will have polinated by then and the tiny fruit needs protection as this is the most vulnerable stage. But how would small fruit dropping be a lack of pollination? The fruit comes from pollination so these little guys have already been pollinated right?

Imdid read where fruit dropping is a normal way of culling the fruit, partilarly in young trees. But they shouldn't all drop and the pear is over a decade old.
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Old 06-19-2016, 03:12 PM
 
Location: Land of Free Johnson-Weld-2016
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They have slippery fingers?

Badum pum! Just kidding. I don't spray my peaches or pears, and I thin the fruit. Yes some of them do fall off if I don't thin. Maybe you need to thin the fruit and also feed the trees to give them some more energy to carry the fruit.
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