It doesn’t quite match with the images of peach leaf curl I’ve seen, though I’ve never seen peach leaf curl in person. I also haven’t seen aphids on the leaves, so I thought I’d ask … any ideas of what’s going on? What can I do to help my new trees?
No aphids or caterpillars that I’ve noticed, even under the leaves. I’ll keep looking though.
That said it was fairly close (15 -20 feet) to another tree (in a container) that had an aphid infestation. I’ve moved that other tree away and am dealing with those aphids. Could the infestation have moved trees?
The soil moisture level was fairly low… The top inch or so was fairly dry but once I dug down there was some moisture, though not a lot. I’ve been watering the trees about once a week. Do you think that’s sufficient? The climate where I live is similar to Albuquerque NM.
Yeah, a few of those could do it. In that case, and with aphids (because aphids are suckers) Spinosad won’t help.
I’d spray a little stronger insecticide than Spinosad. One time might do it. Do it at dusk after the bees have gone in for the night and remove any flowering weeds, etc very nearby.
That’s not to say the main problem is insects, but imho it could be.
If this is a newly planted tree and the climate is like Albequerque I’d water at least every other day, given my NC summers. But hopefully others will chime in who know your climate. New transplants just need more water as they establish.
I am growing three varieties of pluerries plus Nadia. They are fine, never had this kind of problem. My cherries had problems with black aphid damage in the past, using dormant oil solved this problem. You should use dormant oil to suffocate the insect eggs on the branches next Winter before the buds emerge.
In the mean time spraying them with mild soapy water from a spray bottle or aphid spray from the garden center should control them while new leaves grow out.