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Name: Jared Nicholes
Nampa, Idaho
Feb 9, 2018 11:16 AM CST

So last October I posted about the people coming to prune the fruit trees too early. Today, they came by again and they said that this time it was the right time. They started pruning the cherry trees, and then one of them walked up to me and told me, "you have Beetles in two of your cherry trees."

He then showed me one of the branches he was pruning, and showed me that it was a dead branch. I got a picture. This picture was taken as he started pruning one of the branches.

He told me that the two trees with Beetles need to be treated. However, I don't know how to do that. Is there a way to treat a fruit tree for Beetles?

Other than that news, they did a fantastic job pruning the trees.

Any help will be appreciated.


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Name: Porkpal
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Feb 9, 2018 6:16 PM CST
Did you get pictures of the beetles?
Name: Daisy I
Reno, Nv (Zone 6b)
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Feb 9, 2018 10:22 PM CST
That doesn't look like beetle damage. Beetles make the tree ooze gummy stuff.

PS: Cherries and apricots are usually pruned in late spring after you pick the fruit.
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Name: Jared Nicholes
Nampa, Idaho
Feb 10, 2018 1:20 PM CST

@Daisyl, thanks for the info on when to prune them. I was told by a person from my church who runs an orchard to prune them while they are dormant in February or March.

It doesnt look like beetle damage? That is odd. They didnt show me any beetles and I didnt see any, so I dont know.

Any idea what the problem is?

Name: Rick R.
Minneapolis, MN, USA zone 4
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Feb 10, 2018 4:27 PM CST
It's doubtful you would ever actually see the beetles, but you ought to be able to see evidence of their damage or presence. At least just in your pic, I don't see that, either. Indeed, the cut branch that would have extended straight up out of the pic was dead.

Pruning fruit trees in late winter isn't necessarily a bad time, but it is better to prune when Daisy says.

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