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Question: My peach trees started to produce fruit but the fruit is oozing and falling. What is the problem? I have a pear tree and it is stating to produce fruit. I got tired of waiting on the fruit to ripen so I picked it. I would not rippen inside. It developed browning around the stem. What do I do on this?

Answer: Rosanna,

I am sorry for this delayed reply to your gardening question. We are transitioning to a new Q&A system and your question was unfortunately lost in the transition. I have discovered it now and hope this reply is not too late to be of help.

Your peaches probably have been attacked by the plum curculio, a small weevil that lays an egg in the fruit causing young fruit to abort and older fruit to end up with a worm inside. Your County Extension Office can suggest appropriate sprays for managing this pest.

The pear tree just needs more time to ripen its fruit. The normal ripening time may still be a couple of months away.

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