Peach Tree Bark Splits - Knowledgebase Question

Fountain Run, KY
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December 12, 1997
What can I do to keep the bark from splitting on peach trees and how do I get rid of the wax that seeps from the splits in the bark?


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Answer from NGA
December 12, 1997
Peach trees are in the same category as cherries, plums and apricots - members of the Prunus family - and they all ooze sap. That's just their nature. Sometimes a disease called gummosis will attack the trees and cause excessive flows of sap. Controlling the disease is difficult, but not impossible.

Try to prevent trunk injuries; protect the trunk by whitewashing with dilute latex-based white paint, control fungal diseases and insects, and don't overfertilize (especially with nitrogen).

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