Hi my name is Kat and I had a problem with my elberta peaches last year.The leaves started turning yellow and falling off ,the fruit had something like mold on it also had a gooey substance on it.The two trees are only 2 years old .The 1st year one of them was so loaded it broke a few limbs.Does anyone have any answers?
Kat, it sounds as if you have had an attack of red spider mite. Spray with Derris,malathion will help but not when the bees are flying please.
From all I have read, a good pre-emergent/dormant oil spray will help too. Here is a dormant oil that is not supposed to harm the bees.
1/2 cup fish oil
1/2 cup #10 mineral oil (Had been told that vegitable oil will work too, that the important part was that it seels the tree. I could not find anyone that had tried it though)
1 cup detergent
2 gal water
Emulsify the fish oil, mineral oil and detergent; dribble in to water (in a sprayer). Spray tree BEFORE the tree starts budding. Needs to be on a sunny day so that it has time to dry and seal the tree.
It is the one I am going to be putting on my tree this weekend. Supposed to be sunny and in the 60's here.
One more thing. The fish oil was the hardest thing to find unless you wanted to open capsuls. I finally found it at an old hardware store. I found the #10 mineral oil at Walmart and Lowes. Lowes was much cheaper.
My peach tree is about 5 years old. It's about 5ft tall just a trunk no branches??? Except a 6" limb that produced one peach really!!!??? It was the best peach ever. The tree itself looks kinda moldy (greenish bark and looks old looking???? I bloomed two flowers but frost killed them. Tell me what is the problem?????? Please help