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Old 05-18-2015, 12:02 PM
 
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I'm in the northern VA area and have 5-6 peach tress.....two are 3-4 years old and give PLENTY of buds in the spring....but sadly, 99% of them either fall off, or get a weird fungus by the time they're golf ball size in the summer.

SO, this year, determined to change this, i went to home depot and bought ani-insect liquid thingy, that you mix with water and essentially feed it to the tree, and water afterwards. I ALSO sprayed the trees with anti bug/insect/fungus spray 3 times over a 3 week period.....

Now, i find about 80-100 of the smaller buds on the ground with what appears to be fungus....just like before. I still have maybe another 800!!!! quarter size buds on one of the trees alone and i'm just wondering where i went wrong and what, if anything, i can do to save them.

ps. it appears that this tree is the only one having this problem. one of the 6 peach trees decided that this year it wasn't going to produce any.....and the other 4 are actually doing fine so far.

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Old 05-18-2015, 12:11 PM
 
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It's always helpful on the gardening section to mention your location and USDA hardiness zone.

It's normal for peaches to drop, as much as 50-80% of the fruit. It's a way of ensuring that there is enough nutrients to feed the surviving larger, healthier peaches. This is known as "June Drop" to peach growers. Do you see the fungus (powdery mildew?) on the tree, or just on the fallen fruit?

If happening on the tree, the fungus may be from high humidity and warmer than normal spring temperatures.

Excessive fruit fall can also be from lack of pollination, as is more common now with the bee shortages.
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Old 05-18-2015, 12:17 PM
 
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It's always helpful on the gardening section to mention your location and USDA hardiness zone.

It's normal for peaches to drop, as much as 50-80% of the fruit. It's a way of ensuring that there is enough nutrients to feed the surviving larger, healthier peaches. This is known as "June Drop" to peach growers. Do you see the fungus (powdery mildew?) on the tree, or just on the fallen fruit?

If happening on the tree, the fungus may be from high humidity and warmer than normal spring temperatures.

Excessive fruit fall can also be from lack of pollination, as is more common now with the bee shortages.
thank you for the response. as mentioned, i'm in Northern VA, but not sure about my USDA hardiness zone.
Thank you for the info....i didn't know about "june Drop"....very interesting.

No, i'm not seeing fungus/mildew on tree.....
the other peaches on the tree (some of them at least), have the gel liquid oozing out of small pours......which has almost always been the case.....it's as if something went in there (something small), and the peach is trying to protect itself....i thought my spray/other nasty chemicals was to prevent this exact thing.....

So, is there anything i should/could do now to ensure a harvest of some kind? :-D
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Old 05-19-2015, 08:12 AM
 
Location: East of Seattle since 1992, originally from SF Bay Area
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The oozing is usually a sign of a pest having penetrated the skin. What I would do is remove those oozing, and the smaller ones that have not already fallen off, and if there are any in bunches, don't keep more than one in the bunch. Hopefully what's left is bigger and healthy. For a greater yield, plant another 2-3 trees if you have room. You might try Nectarines, they seem to have fewer problems than peaches. If you know someone that grafts, you can add them to the peach tree. I currently have apple and pear trees with 3-5 varieties on the same tree after doing some grafting, and when living in CA had a peach with 2 different kinds of nectarine on it.
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Old 05-19-2015, 02:20 PM
 
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The oozing is usually a sign of a pest having penetrated the skin. What I would do is remove those oozing, and the smaller ones that have not already fallen off, and if there are any in bunches, don't keep more than one in the bunch. Hopefully what's left is bigger and healthy. For a greater yield, plant another 2-3 trees if you have room. You might try Nectarines, they seem to have fewer problems than peaches. If you know someone that grafts, you can add them to the peach tree. I currently have apple and pear trees with 3-5 varieties on the same tree after doing some grafting, and when living in CA had a peach with 2 different kinds of nectarine on it.
thanks!
Yes, i have ONE nectarine and like you said, i NEVER have any issues with it! the fruit lasts well into the summer, never any bugs or pests......that's until i wake up one day and notice that ALL of the fruits are gone in ONE day/morning.....stolen by the squarils. So frustrating! lol

any recommended solution? (aside from a bb gun? i promised myself i wouldn't use my bb gun on them again)
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Old 05-19-2015, 08:24 PM
 
Location: East of Seattle since 1992, originally from SF Bay Area
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They get many of my apples, too. Last year I made a cage of rabbit wire (1/2" squares) and put it around the 2 biggest ones and go to eat them. Maybe buy a hot wire system as used for horses and wrap it around the tree? I doubt it would kill them but would give them a jolt they wouldn't forget.
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