Monday, July 19, 2010

Help!!!



The hardest working little peach tree. Our favorite tree on the entire farm. I love to see it bloom in the spring, watch the baby peaches start growing in the early summer and by midsummer you can almost smell the peaches from the side porch. If you go stand in the branches, you feel like you too could be a peach.



What's wrong??? We noticed that several of the peaches were getting bad spots before we left for the Midwest Fiber and Folk Fair. Didn't think too much about it because we don't use any pesticides and just accept we have some bug damage. Today over half of the hardest working little peach tree's beautiful fruits are fuzzy gray and shriveled up.



I don't think they are just over ripe. What's left are all hanging on tight and still feel pretty hard. They go from that to ruined pretty much overnight. Now that I think about it, I think the same thing happened with our plums this year.

Is there something wrong in our little orchard?

Can anyone help???

12 comments:

Alice said...

I've sent you a link on Peach Rot. Hopefully you can doctor it back into good health. The untouched peaches look like they would be delicious. Hopefully it is not too late to save them.

Lori Skoog said...

I would pick the rest of the peaches before the same thing happens...let them ripen in your kitchen. I know someone with an orchard at will ask.

Gayle said...

That must be so disappointing. I hope you get to the bottom of it quick and save the other peaches!

Jody said...

It looks like some kind of fungus maybe. Hopefully you can harvest whats left.

Becky Utecht said...

How awful, I hope you can save the rest of them. I'm so jealous of people who have peach trees!

Nancy K. said...

I'm no help as far as what's wrong but I agree with the others who said I'd pick the ones that still look good NOW! They look gorgeous and should ripen just fine in the house. It would be awful to lose the whole crop.

Could you take a leave and one of the yucky peaches to your county extension agent for a diagnosis of what the problem is?

Good Luck! What a tragedy to lose such beautiful fruit. It would be even worse to lose the whole tree!

Nancy K. said...

I'm no help as far as what's wrong but I agree with the others who said I'd pick the ones that still look good NOW! They look gorgeous and should ripen just fine in the house. It would be awful to lose the whole crop.

Could you take a leave and one of the yucky peaches to your county extension agent for a diagnosis of what the problem is?

Good Luck! What a tragedy to lose such beautiful fruit. It would be even worse to lose the whole tree!

Christine said...

Ick! That can't be good.

Sorry, that's all I got.

Ed said...

I have no idea, Alice seems to have a grasp on the situation, good luck..:-)

Diane@Peaceful Acres said...

I have an apple tree that the same thing happens to. I've been told it's a fungus called brown rot. Friends told me they use to have this same problem but this winter during dormancy they sprayed with Neem Oil and no more brown rot! It's worth a try since Neem Oil is very affordable. I'm hoping that does the trick.

Dreaming said...

I'm clueless - but I'd love to know whatever you find out.
My grandpa used to raise peaches - too bad he can't communicate back to me when I ask him questions!

flowerweaver said...

Looks like a fungus, perhaps Brown Rot. I've read if you harvest any fruit you need to cool it down right away, or the fungus will still continue to ruin the picked fruit.

There's a lot of advice online on how to treat it. Since it attacks stone fruit, like your plum, you'll want to make sure you dispose of everything diseased so not to spread it to other trees.

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