My first gift box of the year. This is why I love growing peaches…the look on peoples face when I give them a box of this wonderful fruit. Unfortunately my boxes are much smaller this year, but I’m lucky to have any at all. These are my early peaches: Florida King and an unknown.
But what we really need to talk about is how well my use of Captan and myclobutanil is beating off Brown Rot. I know it is early still and my later peaches will be a better test, but I want to be clear here. Last year the same trees these came off of had every single peach ruined by Brown Rot just as they started to ripen. All of them. Hundreds in total. This year not one single peach has brown rot. The most amazing example of how good it works is that I have had a few odd peaches here and there that have been damaged by a bird or split pit and start to rot. But even a decaying peach never has that tale-tale brown fuzz of brown rot. If you have any experience with brown rot you know how amazing that is-because even a tree with very light brown rot presence will have it show up on damaged or decaying fruit. Even if the helthy peaches don’t have it, damaged and decaying ones certainly will if it is around. But even my damaged/decaying fruit just sort of gets a leathery look-very different from the soggy, wet sores and furry grey/brown Brown Rot Fungus. No question about it, even if it hits me hard the rest of the year, my myclubut and captan combo is a very worthwhile thing and is soooo much cheaper than the more commonly recommended things. My only question is where it is some sort of synergy that myclo and captan have together, or if one of the two would have done it alone? I will say that many university sites I went to this spring suggested using both together. I started them at bud swell and kept on every 10 days from then on. Results speak for themselves! especially compared to last year.