Surinam cherry leaf disease?

batyabethFebruary 26, 2011

My three year old pitanga/surinam cherry has this all over its leaves and it's getting worse. We have had a very wet winter, but never freeze, or even frost. My searches tell me it may be Cercospora Eugeniae, a scale problem. Am I right, and what can I do about it? It has never blossomed or fruited yet and it's in a large clay urn-type container. I really don't want to lose this plant! Thanks for any help/advice.

Batya

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jean001a(Portland OR 7b)

Cercospora is a fungus, not a scale.

Beyond that, extra wet seasons cause leaf spots. Perhaps you can temporarily protect it?

    Bookmark   February 26, 2011 at 8:49PM
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batyabeth

Scale or fungus, will it kill my pitanga? Is there something besides cutting it down to the nubs to heal it? Have I identified it correctly? Should I ask on the tropical fruit forum? Sorry about all the questions but Spring is on the way and it should be flowering time soon. Thanks for your help.
Batya

    Bookmark   February 27, 2011 at 11:21AM
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jean001a(Portland OR 7b)

You asked "Is there something besides cutting it down to the nubs to heal it?"

Why would you want to do that? It only has a few leaf spots. It's likely a seasonal problem due to the weather.

    Bookmark   February 28, 2011 at 11:07PM
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batyabeth

Meaning I should wait for the weather to dry up and the spots will disappear? The spots are here and there becoming holes in the leaves, and the whole plant is looking very diseased, top to bottom. Any suggestions of what it might be and how I can counteract it? Thanks.

    Bookmark   March 1, 2011 at 9:17AM
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jean001a(Portland OR 7b)

The spots are permanent.

If the disease is made worse by the wet weather, you could try rigging overhead protection.

If you have a local agricultural agency or seller, I suggest you contact them.

    Bookmark   March 1, 2011 at 7:03PM
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