Peach and plum trees dying

five55nmFebruary 9, 2013

Hi,
I have planted these young fruit trees. One is a Santa Rosa plum, one is a black Doris plum and the other is a red peach. They all seem to be dying. It has been hot and dry here so I'm thinking that might be the problem. It is also a bit windy on occasion as well. Not sure what the ph of the soil is.
I'm hoping some kind person can identify my issue from the photo and help me out.
Also I'm wondering if the problems affecting these trees could hinder fruiting later on, even if rectified now.

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feijoas(New Zealand)

I can't see a photo, but when did you plant them, and where are you?
It's been a pretty dry summer for most people in NZ...
Young trees can need regular watering through at least their first summer.
Are the trees mulched? Thick mulch, NOT touching the trunk, really helps reduce evaporation and competition.
I'd give them a really long, deep water at the roots(like leave the hose on low under the mulch for a couple of hours).
Plums especially, like quite a bit of water.

    Bookmark   February 10, 2013 at 4:15AM
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five55nm

Thanks for your reply feijoas. I thought I had uploaded a photo. Funny you mentioned mulch, I mulched them earlier today with washed seaweed. We have marigolds planted around the base of the trees as well.

    Bookmark   February 10, 2013 at 5:46AM
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five55nm

Here is the other plum. I'm a real newbie, this is my first garden.

    Bookmark   February 10, 2013 at 5:51AM
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five55nm

And one of two red peaches. If its water problems and I get them back to health will they fruit as normal or have I stuffed them? I have a root stock with two varietys of apple on it and its looking real good right next to these trees as well. When I searched online, google coughed up all this stuff on fireblight, which I'm hoping its not.

    Bookmark   February 10, 2013 at 6:02AM
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fruitnut Z7 4500ft SW TX

Fire blight doesn't affect peach and plum. Your trees probably just need water. First year trees are much more sensitive to lack of water because they have a small root system. They will not compete with weeds or marigolds. Water them good now and they still might bear fruit next year. If not the year after.

    Bookmark   February 10, 2013 at 9:14AM
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