cherry leaf issue

queensinfoMay 16, 2013

This tree has been doing great so far (2nd yr lapins). I noticed these leaeves when checking the tree the other day. They look like they a full size leaf shrunk and became wrinkly. It isnt starting at the edge or outside. Is this a fertilizer issue? It maybe started after a few days of heavy rain but i can't really tell the timing. so far it is only on the newer growth from a new branch or two formed from pruning. I think the smaller curled leaves are ones that just opened.

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bencjedi(6 - Central Kentucky)

That kind of looks like Peach Leaf Curl, which is a fungal infection. I was just reading about it earlier and has to be controlled before the buds open in late winter with a spraying regimen. You might be able to pluck off the funky leaves to minimize the spread this year.

    Bookmark   May 16, 2013 at 11:12PM
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I looked it up but it doens't quite seem to fit the definition i found. Any other thoughts?

    Bookmark   May 17, 2013 at 10:06AM
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hoosierquilt USDA 10A Sunset 23 Vista CA

No, not PLC - this does not affect cherries. I would say it is one of two things, either aphids, which are very easy to control, or possibly variations in fertilization. You've got your tree in a container, so I'm thinking probably the latter. Either too much fertilizer released or not enough. Watering and fertilizing can be a little more tricky with stone fruit in pots - Fruitnut can give you some good guidelines for that if you need it. If you see aphids, which tend to attack the newer, more tender growth, just give the tree a hard spraying with water, then treat with hort oil. In either case, I don't think this is anything to worry about.

Patty S.

    Bookmark   May 17, 2013 at 10:41AM
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Thanks Patty you may be correct but the odd thing is that it is only on one or two of the main branches' leaves and not the whole tree. I gave the plant some osmocote slow release about a month ago (and boy did new branches take off after pruning- almost a foot of growth on many new branches). I did give it some dilute miracle grow a few times but then stopped because we had a long period of rain here.
I'll keep watching it for aphids but i havent seen any signs yet.

    Bookmark   May 17, 2013 at 5:04PM
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Hi queenskitchen. Did you make your cherry tree soil or did you purchase it. If you bought it where?

    Bookmark   May 18, 2013 at 7:32PM
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It is a modified gritty mix from the container forum. I replaced half the granite with perlite to keep the weight down. Still darn heavy though.

    Bookmark   May 19, 2013 at 6:30PM
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