Curled peach leaves - Knowledgebase Question

Greenville, Al
Question by marcycook200
May 30, 2010
My biggest peach tree looks a mess this year. I used


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Answer from NGA
May 30, 2010

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Curled leaves sound more like a disease than an insect problem. Peach leaf curl is a fungal disease that attacks the leaves as they are unfurling. The fungus first causes reddening and cupping of the leaves. The second stage is the development of a dusty white coating of spores. If these spores travel to the fruit, the fruit may show a reddish growth on the surface. The fruit is safe to eat, even if the surface is infected. If possible, pick the leaves off prior to the development of the spores so the fruit won't become infected. You won't want to completely denude your tree - it takes 40 healthy leaves for each developing fruit to provide the tree with the energy to ripen the fruit and maintain overall health. Discard all leaves and fallen fruit at the end of the season.

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