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Hi Poppy's mum.
Expert i am not ! But i understand that Peach leaf curl is caused by a virus ? spread very early in the year by cold wet rain !? I've planted & lost grafted standard plants (good that you had fruit !)
I left them & are now growing back from the original rootstock (quite different !)...I'm waiting to see ,, but some flowers have opened....Maybe wait & see ?
Here en francais it's used as a general fertiliser e.g . vines, & is approved as Organic .. GUESS WHAT ? IS GOOD FOR PEACH LEAF CURL TOO
PS i forgot to mention that Bordeux mixture also helps with APPLE SCAB !
OK I know how to garden but am not that computer savvy .... I have 4 messages from my peach leaf curl post but I don't know how to read them
I can only suggest for now that you follow the instruction for the treatment ! for your climate/conditions !? (early/mid summer @ the latest! )
But starting treatment early in the year, is best!!
HYGIENE is very important (& like Roses , clear away/burn any infected leaves & cuttings ...To prevent problems next year
Good luck David
Two peach trees, bought two years ago Last year they flowered. Fruited sparingly. This year, nowt, except for one measely reluctant blossom on one tree. Bright green new leaves, but starting to curl inwards, tightly. Is this a case for the wonder-drug, Bordeaux mix, to be sprayed liberally, in addition to pruning off the curled leaves ?
I forgot, last year, I gave a red card to a reluctant plum tree, pulled it up unceremoniously from it's spot, and put it in the 'sin bin' oop top of lotty. Here, in shame and isolation, in the same season of its' exile, it PRODUCED FRUIT !!! I think it should be called 'Contrary Plum' !
Pete, yes, Bordeaux mixture should be sprayed three times, just before the leaves drop, in mid January and early February. In the meantime, gather all infected leaves and burn them. If you do any pruning, sterilize the secateurs between each cut or you will just spread the disease.
Not a lot at the moment other than remove the affected leaves. You can spray with Bordeaux mixture just before leaf fall, again in mid January and February.
So do I remove the affected leaves/sprouting growth?
Can Bordeaux mixture be used at this time of year?????????
I am only a novice gardener..(my lupins are rocking!)...but dont want to kill the tree off by over pruning it during its growing/fruiting season.
Peach leaf curl is caused by rain...the spores in the air are brought into contact by rain to infect the plant. In spring and early summer plants need to be covered...greenhouse, umbrella, parasol, etc. in summer the leaves have resistance. I have 2 peach bushes and currently they are in greenhouse and will be taken outside in june. Bordeaux mixture is ineffective if infection exists. Peaches can be trained against a wall with polythene sheets draped down.