Pomegranate ailment

ernie85017April 21, 2014

Also posted on fruit forum, as I am beginning to panic a bit.
This foliage has appeared on a young pomegranate. Just on the last 8 -10 inches of new growth. Today I noted a little bit of it on my larger more mature pomegranate tree. A small young one in a pot is not affected.
The leaves are green, but curled in on themselves and curly.
In the photo, the leaves are beginning to wilt, because after being cut from the tree, they had to wait for me to figure out how to get a close-up with the camera.
Help!

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V8Vega(9)

Looks like Thrip damage.

    Bookmark   April 22, 2014 at 1:34AM
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aztreelvr

Have you used any herbicides nearby? It almost looks like some type of growth regulator. Any olive trees around that may have been sprayed with something to stop the fruit production? It could have drifted to your plants.

    Bookmark   April 22, 2014 at 1:26PM
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campv

It is either Thrips or Aphids. Both are very bad this year.
To check for Thrips get a piece of white paper and put it under the leaves. Then tap or shake the branch. If you see very tiny little skinny things crawling on the paper its Thrips.
Had them on my nectarine.

    Bookmark   April 22, 2014 at 2:23PM
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ernie85017

Thanks for the insight. I sprayed a neem pesticide last week and have now cut off the damaged parts. I am hoping no more damage will occur.
No herbicides. I am trying to be organic. (But the bermuda is relentless.)
Can always count on you guys.

    Bookmark   April 22, 2014 at 2:42PM
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campv

Hope its not Thrips because if it is, they will be back they are relentless. I would rather have aphids.

    Bookmark   April 22, 2014 at 5:38PM
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V8Vega(9)

By the time I see the damage done by the Thrips, they are long gone. They attack my Cara Cara orange tree every year, but the damage is less & less because of the huge load of Lacewings that have moved in.
I've never had to spray.

This post was edited by V8Vega on Tue, Apr 22, 14 at 19:09

    Bookmark   April 22, 2014 at 7:07PM
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Fascist_Nation(9b)

Herbicide overspray was my first thought too. I do not see how thrips would cause that massive leaf elongation.

    Bookmark   April 23, 2014 at 6:25AM
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ernie85017

I didn't see any kind of bug on the plant. Odd.

    Bookmark   April 26, 2014 at 4:58PM
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ernie85017

The lacewings are here, so things are looking up.

    Bookmark   May 1, 2014 at 3:38PM
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