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Old 04-29-2015, 12:03 PM
 
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Hi,
I have some fruit trees and i was told by someone to spray them NOW as the buds are growing in order to avoid pests and damaged fruits later this summer.

Can someone verify this?
Also, what do fruit trees need to be sprayed with?
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Old 04-29-2015, 03:12 PM
 
Location: Bel Air, California
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spray after they flower to avoid poisoning the bees

i use some sort of tree pest killer stuff you mix with water and apply with a sprayer
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Old 05-10-2015, 12:55 AM
 
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spray after they flower to avoid poisoning the bees

i use some sort of tree pest killer stuff you mix with water and apply with a sprayer

I agree. When the last petals have dropped is when you spray.
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Old 05-10-2015, 01:04 AM
 
Location: Old Hippie Heaven
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Hi,
I have some fruit trees and i was told by someone to spray them NOW as the buds are growing in order to avoid pests and damaged fruits later this summer.

Can someone verify this?
Also, what do fruit trees need to be sprayed with?
This all depends on

1) your location
2) which fruits you are growing

Contact your county extension agent, they will give you the best advice. If you can't find a listing, contact your library.
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Old 05-11-2015, 08:42 AM
 
Location: East of Seattle since 1992, originally from SF Bay Area
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I'm surprised that you are behind us, we have already set fruit. Growing up in California on 1/2 acre with over 40 fruit trees we sprayed 3-4 times a year back in the 60s. Since having my own property the last 35 years or so I have not done any spraying on fruit trees, and have not had any major issues with pests or disease. Even when we had some tent caterpillar activity I simply cut off the branch ends with the nests and burned them.
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Old 05-11-2015, 10:35 AM
 
Location: North Idaho
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It's too late for some sprays and maybe too early for others. You use a dormant oil spray when they go dormant and copper spray for fungus is done while they are dormant.

You don't spray insecticide until flowers are all finished.

With my apples, I start spraying for coddling moth as soon as blooms are done. But for most pests I wait until I see the pest before I spray.

What type of fruit and what are you spraying for? Where are you located? That affects what pests you have to spray for.
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Old 05-12-2015, 08:26 AM
 
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Does anyone just let their fruit trees go natural? Am I playing with fire? I am paranoid to use anything which would not be considered organic except DE (I'm not sure if that is organic or not).
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Old 05-12-2015, 09:17 AM
 
Location: North Idaho
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Does anyone just let their fruit trees go natural? Am I playing with fire? I am paranoid to use anything which would not be considered organic except DE (I'm not sure if that is organic or not).
Dormant oil spray and copper spray are both Mother Earth News organic. There are clay sprays to coat fruit that are organic.

Whether or not you can raise fruit without spraying depends upon where you live. I have to spray apples but I don't spray my peaches apricots or plums. I bought a bare root nectarine that had peach leaf curl and had to copper spray that one and its next door neighbor peach tree for two winters, but other than that, my stone fruit just gets dormant oil spray.

If you are on the east coast, it will be hard work to get fruit without spraying. You'll have to use more tricks than just DE.
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Old 05-12-2015, 09:38 AM
 
Location: Swiftwater, PA
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Dormant oil spray and copper spray are both Mother Earth News organic. There are clay sprays to coat fruit that are organic.

Whether or not you can raise fruit without spraying depends upon where you live. I have to spray apples but I don't spray my peaches apricots or plums. I bought a bare root nectarine that had peach leaf curl and had to copper spray that one and its next door neighbor peach tree for two winters, but other than that, my stone fruit just gets dormant oil spray.

If you are on the east coast, it will be hard work to get fruit without spraying. You'll have to use more tricks than just DE.
I use the dormant oil sprays religiously. But it is important to apply before the buds come out.

I don't like to spray with products like Seven, but if I don't spray, I have inedible fruit. It is very important for me to apply the first and sometimes my only application of Seven or similar spray right after all the petals drop off. I found, that if I do not spray, small insect bites in small fruit, produce very large deformities in the mature fruit. I can live with some blemishes and small bites in mature apples and pears; but I do want large fruit that looks somewhat what it is supposed to look like.

So, I guess, it all depends on the expectations of the fruit tree owner. If you don't mind sharing; share your fruit. If you don't mind not perfect, but do want something that looks like the fruit that you imagined; then use the dormant oils and maybe only one or two applications of insecticide. If you want perfect, store quality, fruit; then you might want to consider consecutive applications of sprays that are recommended for your particular trees.

PS Lately, especially my pear trees, are showing the first signs of fire blight. That is all over my area. The copper dormant spray is important; but it is also important to prune off the affected limbs and remove them a safe distance from the trees. There is always something to worry about. You win your battle with insects and blight and then the squirrels come and take more than their fair share!

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