Containerised nectarine dropping healthy leaves

naikii(9a / 8b)December 7, 2013

Hi guys, would love your thoughts.
I have a nectarine in a large pot which was planted bare root last winter. It broke bud perfectly in spring and has put on a tonne of growth.

A couple of leaves were affected by leaf curl, but was literallya handful which I pulled off months ago.

Over the last fortnight it has been dropping perfectly healthy green leaves. No signs of deficiency, no nutrient burn etc it has dropped a few every day and is becoming sparse.

What could be causing this?

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fruitnut Z7 4500ft SW TX

The tree in the pictures doesn't look sparse to me. Is that a current picture? Are you south or north of equator? Wondering if you are early summer or entering winter. That could affect leaf drop.

    Bookmark   December 8, 2013 at 9:33AM
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floral_uk z.8/9 SW UK

The blog address implies the OP is in Australia.

    Bookmark   December 8, 2013 at 11:39AM
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naikii(9a / 8b)

Australia yes, we are in our first month of summer.

Its thinning from the inside out, I tired to get some good pics but my camera refused to focus. here is one though

    Bookmark   December 8, 2013 at 5:10PM
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fruitnut Z7 4500ft SW TX

Your tree could be a little short on nitrogen. But nectarine do naturally drop some healthy looking leaves. That would be the oldest leaves as is occurring on your tree. So I don't think this is serious.

    Bookmark   December 8, 2013 at 7:30PM
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naikii(9a / 8b)

ok thanks a lot

    Bookmark   December 9, 2013 at 10:31PM
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