Peach Trees
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Clear sap balls on peach tree limbs

Zone 75904 | jill oates added on September 2, 2017 | Answered

My peach trees are 5 years old and fruit this year. I see clear sap leaking from some of the limbs. What is it and what can I do to fix them? It's only affecting 1 tree right now. The fruit fell off from the hurricane so I don't have to worry about the treatment affecting the fruit.

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BushDoctor
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Answered on September 5, 2017

Oh dear... I would first check for ants. There was a big problem with them this year in Tennessee where I am. We didn't get the heat that we normally do this year, and it stayed very mild, and the ants are CRAZY this year. No doubt, it is some pest eating the sap. they will destroy the fruit as well (when you do end up getting a harvest) I would recommend a product from FoxFarm called Force of Nature Miticide... It is marketed for mites, But I have used it on many pests, including wasps! It also, has the benefit of being antifungal if you ever have that issue. It is all natural, and very concentrated, using only 1/4 oz per bottle of water when sprayed. You really can't overdo it though. Anyways, I hope this helps, and if you have any more questions, please don't hesitate to contact me either here, or at my email at 6.schuster@gmail.com Thank You!

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