Last fall we started filling our yard with fruit! We bought nearly 20 blueberry bushes and two peach trees. A few weeks ago I went down to have a chat with the peach trees about healthy development and the role of all things living in my yard (You must be hearty to survive around here, but we will surely appreciate you if you can stay alive...). As I was poking around I noticed that some of the leaves looked like they were melting. Hmm.
After a bit of investigation I am sad to announce that both of these young peach trees have Leaf Curl.
I called our local garden center, where we bought them, and they told me to buy an organic fungicide spray for now. Treat the tree every week or so after removing the worst of the effected leaves and disposing of them in the trash because this fungus can hang around and continue to infect the trees and near by (like my poor neighbor's nectarine and plum) trees. I've pulled off all of the cute and fuzzy little orbs that thought they'd be peaches one day so that the tree can put all of it's efforts into fighting fungus. In the fall, they will need to be treated with another fungicide that can be sprayed on as well.
They must be strong and hearty, huh?
Let's hope so.