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lilcee
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Peach trees losing leaves

This is our first year growing peach trees. The bottom leaves are turning yellow and falling off. The trees are starting to look bare. What can cause this? I live in N. FL

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Did you keep the new trees watered in? If they dried out then they will start to lose leaves first before they die. Young trees need about a gallons of water or more a week. It could be something else, but without pics that is the most obvious.

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We were watering them once a week until we had to go out of town. They were losing they're leaves even when we watering them. Here's some pics.

[img]https://i136.photobucket.com/albums/q200/lilcee1947/100_0300.jpg[/img]

[img]https://i136.photobucket.com/albums/q200/lilcee1947/100_0298.jpg[/img]

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do the buds look healthy where the leaves dropped off, or are they shriveled up?
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Here's a few more pics. Where the leaves fell off, it's black and the branches have black spots on them.

[img]https://i136.photobucket.com/albums/q200/lilcee1947/100E0320.jpg[/img]

[img]https://i136.photobucket.com/albums/q200/lilcee1947/100E0319.jpg[/img]

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Is it putting out a kind of gummy substance near where the leaves are falling off. If so it is a non treatable fungal disease that occurs most often in young trees that have been water stressed and shows up late in the season. If that is it you will have to cut off any dead wood this winter and be sure to keep the tree evenly watered for the next 2 years.
There is another fungal disease that is plaguing peach trees on the eastern seaboard that affects the thin branches of peach trees, it also has no treatment, but judicious pruning.
I would suggest you check out
www.clemson.edu/.../peach/diseases/diseases.html
If you don't find the answer there use a search for peach tree diseases and look at the articles that have .edu in address, that will be info from extention sites, your best sources on the web.

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CharlieBear wrote:Is it putting out a kind of gummy substance near where the leaves are falling off. If so it is a non treatable fungal disease that occurs most often in young trees that have been water stressed and shows up late in the season. If that is it you will have to cut off any dead wood this winter and be sure to keep the tree evenly watered for the next 2 years.
There is another fungal disease that is plaguing peach trees on the eastern seaboard that affects the thin branches of peach trees, it also has no treatment, but judicious pruning.
I would suggest you check out
www.clemson.edu/.../peach/diseases/diseases.html
If you don't find the answer there use a search for peach tree diseases and look at the articles that have .edu in address, that will be info from extention sites, your best sources on the web.
I didn't see any kind of gummy substance. I contacted the place we got them from and sent them pics. They said it looked to be from the weather. It's been very hot this Summer. They also told me to spray them with a fungiside. Thanks for your info.

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I would add one other suggestion Lilcee....your tree seems to be in a pot.
Peaches do produce quite a large roots system unless they are on a dwarfing roots tsock.
So in very hot weather the roots of your tree may have a problem getting sufficiant liquid up to the top structure.
So it may pay to check on the stock that it is on and if not a dwarfing one then to get it planted into the soil in the winter months.
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It's not in a pot, it's in the ground. It's a new tree this year and it's a dwarf so it's small.

The thing you see around the bottom is something my husband put around it to keep the grass from growing around it. Could that be hurting it?

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No Lilcee. Sorry it looked like a pot in the picture.

I must say that in general your tree looks nice with good leaf covor and no sign of leaf curl.
As has been suggested give it a spray next spring at leaf burst and a couple more up to bloom.
Try Copper Sulphate solution.
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