I am very much a amateur gardener, and was hoping you could give me some advice.
I was given a golden queen peach tree last year at the end of sept which soon after I planted developed leaf curl. I didn’t realise this at the time and did nothing about it. Hence it has come back again this year. From what I have read on the back of fungicide treatments/internet search, I have missed the appropriate time to treat the tree for this fruiting.
Can you PLEASE recommend when exactly I should treat now, what you recommend treating with, if I should still be adding fertiliser to the soil despite this, and also if I should be picking off all the early fruit buds for the first few years (someone said I should be doing this) and I havn’t done this-however as it was diseased last year only 1 fruit made it to full ripening, and it looks as though only 1-2 remain this year
I would greatly appreciate your knowledge here so I can have a healthy tree which many fruit for many years to come!! Thanks.

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Hi Katrina

Thanks for your question. You are well on the way to having a lovely healthy tree. Yes an untreated tree may develop leaf curl, however do not worry; next year in Winter before the buds come (flower or fruit) you must spray with Copper. Kiwi care make a wonderful Organic Copper Oxy which can be made up in small amounts. Leave fertilising now until Autumn and yes pick off the early buds. Your tree will love you for it!

Happy gardening

Maria – Palmers national garden consultant

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