Q.Spraying plum tree
My Victoria plum tree is now beginning to blossom. Last year all the plums had moths in them even though I used a moth catching tent. Is now the right time to spray the tree? When do I apply the band around the bottom of the tree?
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If you have plum moths (Grapholita funebrana), beginning to spray in the third week of June is recommended. Or, you can use pheromone traps to determine timing more precisely:
The tree bands are recommended for different species of moths, and they should be applied in the fall:
If you're not sure of the moth species you have, contacting a local extension agent will help you find out what is common in your area.