As my later peaches are starting to get close to ripe, I’m seeing MAJOR brown rot problems- I mean major- on both the fruit and branch tips near infected fruit.
I have sprayed Myclobutanil every 4 weeks and captan every 4 weeks staggered 2 weeks. So every 2 weeks my peaches have been sprayed with either Myclo or Captan. My fruit also has more peach scab spots than ever.
I’m sure this is a crazy idea, but knowing how effective bleach is on mildrew and other fungi that can appear in a house or basement, I can’t help but wonder if might help to spray my peaches right before they ripen? I am sure there woud be no long term residual or effectiveness- it would be a one shot thing- but I wonder if it might help. I’ve tried hitting peaches with more traditional fungucides right before they ripen but it has little effect. If you haven’t stopped it by the time fruit is almost ripe, my standard fungucides don’t do much of anything. But I wonder if bleach might? I might kill all the bacteria or fungi on the fruit good enough to keep it from regrowing in the 3-5 days between spraying it and harvest.
I guess bleach might sound scary to a lot of you, but of course it breaks down pretty good, pretty fast. I co0uld use a diluted mix, too. And some extra precautions while spraying.
anyway, just a crazy idea. A little googling led me to some discussions on other sites so I’m not the only one to think of it, but I found no clear answer to whether it might work. Crazy or not, you guys got any thoughts. I guess I’ll try Indar next year but this year I’d like to save my peaches