Cherry and Pluots falling from trees prematurely
The last two years my trees have dropped a significant amount of fruit early. In addition, the fruit on my cherry trees, Rainier and Bing, has rotted before ripe enough to pick. Last year we got less that a quart bag on trees that were loaded with rotten fruit. What am I doing wrong?
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I am wondering if the brown rot fungus is afflicting your trees - I have included a link to an article about brown rot below so you can make a determination. Brown rot looks like this:
Preventative measures, such as applying a fungicide in the early spring prior to onset of flower buds appear is key.