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May 25, 2020 8:02 PM CST
Hello, I am renting a house with a peach tree and the first year it produced no fruit and the second year to our surprise there were peaches! Year 3 this jelly substance was on the peaches but not on all. This year its all over the tree and the peaches. Peaches are still growing but I don't know if this is OK or if there is something I need to do. Please help we are not gardeners we thought is was a simple tree.
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Bryan, TX
May 25, 2020 8:38 PM CST
That peach has been stung by an insect(s). By the time it gets ripe, the babies/grubs inside it will make it highly undesirable for human consumption. The only way I know to prevent that is to spray the tree with an insecticide just before the blooms open, as soon as the bloom petals fall, and at least once more just before the peaches get to marble size. I know most of the people on this site are very opposed to insecticides, but I never found another way to raise edible peaches.
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Name: one-eye-luke US.Vet.
Texas (Zone 8a)
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May 26, 2020 3:59 AM CST
If you don't spray peaches at least 4 times a year you will have problems. After petal fall but before shuck split, insecticide application may be needed every seven to 10 days. You need to get on a yearly spraying program to have super peaches,
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Name: Daisy I
Reno, Nv (Zone 6b)
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May 26, 2020 9:42 AM CST
Yes, the fruits have bugs. If you cut one open, you will probably find the culprit.

The bigger issue is the oozing trunk. That is called gummosis and can be caused by several different things. If it is near ground level and you see sawdust on the ground around the tree, it is borers. If the trunk is hit by a lawn mower or weed wacker or sprinklers, the injury would "bleed" gummy stuff. No matter the cause, it could be fatal to the tree.

Is the gummosis in the branches also? How close to the ground is it? Do you see tiny holes? Sawdust? Is the bark split? Or just oozing? Does the tree trunk get hit by lawn mower, weed wacker or sprinkler water?
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