How can I treat leaf curl safely on my fruit trees without harming bees?

Q.

Hi Tui, how can I treat leaf curl safely on my fruit trees without harming bees?

Tracey Clode

A.

Hi Tracey,

Use a copper based spray that is non toxic to bees as a preventative over winter, before bud burst in spring and then two weeks after bud burst. Leaf curl is prevalent in cool wet weather. Once temperatures warm up it will disappear, but it does overwinter in buds so a winter spray programme is important.

Collect up fallen, infected leaves and burn or put in the rubbish to stop it spreading, some stone fruit varieties are more susceptible to leaf curl than others, plant resistant varieties.

Thanks, Tui Team.

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    Mavis

    Hi Mavis, dropping leaves is often a sign of root rot and this can be caused by a number of things including over watering or under watering, too much fertiliser, not using a good quality potting mix or sudden changes in temperature. Make sure that there is good drainage in the pot and that the capsicums are planted in good quality mix rather than just compost or garden soil. ^Tui Team 

     

     

  • Just what I needed but a bit late. Will know what to do next spring. I shall remove all the infected leaves and see if that helps this year.

    Beth Galpin