Grafted Fruit Trees - Knowledgebase Question

Phoenix, Ar
Question by kcrhinehart
June 6, 2008
I recently planted 3 small grafted fruit trees - one is peach,plum,apricot and nectarine, one is peach and peach, and one is peach and nectarine. How often should they be watered in Phoenix - temps are around 102 degrees right now but will get hotter. Also, it appears that something is eating on the leaves but we have been unable to see any insect or worm on the trees. Any suggestions?


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Answer from NGA
June 6, 2008

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Your new little fruit trees should be happy with a deep soaking every 3-4 days during the summer heat. It's important that the soil is moist but not soggy wet so watering thoroughly twice a week should allow enough time for the soil to drain but not completely dry out.

Since you cannot find the pest doing the damage to the leaves, there's not much to recommend in the way of pesticide sprays. Quite often an insect will take a tiny bite out of a newly forming leaf and the hole will expand as the leaf grows. So it is possible that the leaf damage began before you even planted the trees. Fruit tree leaves are tolerant of insect feeding so I don't think it's anything to be concerned about.

Hope you have a bountiful harvest!

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