Is it too late?

mrsg47(7)April 7, 2014

I made a terrible mistake. I thought I was mixing my copper with my dormant oil, for my first and only 'dormant' oil spray. It is now April 7th (I used copper and a sticker only instead of the oil) egad. Can I still spray my dormant oil today? Buds are swelling but tight, except for two peach trees that are showing miniscule hints of green. Oh ugh, Mrs. G

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mrsg47(7)

Help please, Mrs. G

    Bookmark   April 8, 2014 at 9:42AM
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olpea(zone 6 KS)

Mrs. G,

My guess is you will be fine w/ a 2% oil mix. Buds that tight are pretty tough. At worse case I see you possibly burning the very ends of the bud tissue.

Freezing weather can complicate things, but this spring I sprayed oil and 4 days later it got down to 25F. So far I haven't seen damage.

I've sprayed 1% oil on fully leaved out trees w/ no burn whatever.

    Bookmark   April 8, 2014 at 4:43PM
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mrsg47(7)

Olpea you're great! Thanks so much. It poured today but we're nearing steady 46 degrees and higher daily. Its still cold here for our zone. Thanks again, Mrs. G

    Bookmark   April 8, 2014 at 5:11PM
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