I have two nectarine trees and one peach tree. All three of them are having a difficult time getting going this year. The leaves are only coming out here and there (it's almost June!). I'm in the GTA (near Toronto). Any ideas?
As long as there is still green below the bark, they will eventually leaf out. I would give them a little more time. The cold weather from this past winter (and cooler spring in many areas) could have confused the natural progression for leafing out.
Two years ago I had one peach tree. The leaves started to wrinkle up and fall off, and this was the first year we had fruit on the tree. Then last year the tree seemed to be ok, no fruit because of hard freeze. This year the wrinkle leaf is back and fruit is starting to form, but the condition is worse than the first year. What can I do to get rid of this problem? Will it spread to my nectarine tree?
In peaches, this indicates a nitrogen deficiency. Have the soil tested to better indicate how much of a deficiency and add a nitrogen heavy fertilizer to the soil.
I have a two year old nectarine tree which was very healthy - and I was looking forward to the first summer fruit - until the last month. A main branch coming off the truck has tree sap oozing out at a number of sites. It looks like the main truck has what MAY be the beginning of wounds in 4 or 5 places as well, but no sap. Other than that the new growth this year looks very good. DO I let the tree fight this on it's own? My garden is completely organic/no pesticides and I usually have no pest problems that get out of control. Thank you.
It sounds as though the tree may have peach canker (which can affect any stone fruit tree). This needs to be addressed, but should not need any chemicals to address it. This article will help:
My nectarines are growing but are oozing a clear sap out of all the fruit. Some of the fruit are splitting and have brown freckles. It doesn't look like rot, but just lots of blemishes. Its not oozing from the trees but from the fruit itself
This is caused by peach borer, which can affect any stone fruit. This article will help:
I have a nectarine tree that I thought had completely died; however, this spring the rootstock sprouted. Should I leave it alone? Can rootstock produce fruit of any use? I know the odds are for an inferior fruit, but I have no idea what the actual difference is between the fruiting abilities of the scion and rootstock. If it will make usable fruit (even if it's not nursery quality), I will probably keep it as it's already there. :)
It is hard to say it is will make fruit. Some rootstocks are varieties that fruit and, as you mentioned, will have inferior fruit and others will not fruit at all. Which it will be is impossible to say as different nurseries use different varieties for rootstocks and it is a toss up which the nursery that grew your tree would have used.
What should I do? My cherry, nectarine, peach and plum tree have lots of fruit but this week I notice fruit are falling. All of these plants are two years old.
Premature fruit drop is normally the result of poor pollination or an insect problem. Overbearing is another possibility. When the fruit is pea size, begin thinning to prevent fruit drop. This will reduce the energy of the tree so it can put more into the production of fruit. If pollination/fertilization is at too great a level for the tree to sustain, all of the set fruit will simply drop. You can also thin the blossoms rather than the fruit.
A large branch, about 20% of the tree, with developing fruit has died and another is dying. What to do?
Without a description of how long it took between the branch looking stressed and the actual branch death, whether or not the leaves are wilted or brown, whether or not the twigs break with a sharp snap or merely bend, is there life in the cambium layer when the bark is scratched, what size is the branch, how old is the tree, has it had an injury, has the tree been stressed...need more information.