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Peach tree leaves turning yellow

Posted by jofus 9b/10a (My Page) on
Wed, Jul 27, 11 at 16:33

Two years ago I planted my first 4 ft Tropic Beauty peach tree in my backyard. I am located just south of Venice and the tree thrived. This past March I added a second Tropic Beauty that I bought at HD. Only the original bore fruit last June, but it was a bonanza. Both trees are now 6 ft tall and seemed to be doing fine until about 3 weeks ago when both started dropping dozens of yellow leaves. Is this normal ?
They are both still covered with 95 % green leaves and just a few yellow ones, but beneath both trees are many dozens of the recently fallen yellow ones. Don't recall last year if this happened, but am curious if this is just a normal occurance. They have been fertilized and liberally watered by Mother Nature,...so am hoping some peach tree experts out there will tell me if I have a problem or not.
Thanks.


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RE: Peach tree leaves turning yellow

I do not know much but I can tell you we lost one of our peach trees this summer. They are all about same age range and height as your two.


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RE: Peach tree leaves turning yellow

  • Posted by katkin 9b/10a PSLFl (My Page) on
    Thu, Jul 28, 11 at 7:08

I can't say either, but I know mine does that too.


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RE: Peach tree leaves turning yellow

UF says that leaf drop in Nectarines and Peaches can be caused by lack of fertilizer and/or fungus.

Rain and watering may have washed out some of the fertilizer previously applied.
UF recommends a light fertilization now with a general fertilizer such as 8-0-8 or something similar.
Light is the key word.
Normally peaches are fertilized in March and May.

Some trees will drop leaves if they get too much water !

If the leaves have lots of spots treat for fungus.


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RE: Peach tree leaves turning yellow

  • Posted by jofus 9b/10a (My Page) on
    Thu, Jul 28, 11 at 14:33

Gatormom : Thanks for the advise. There are no spots on any of the leaves, and see many new, lighter green leaves coming out now. Since I fertilized with a 4-6-8 generic fertilizer 3 weeks ago, the leaf drop has just about ceased so am optimistic, especially after katkin's comment.
Will look around now for something closer to 8-0-8. I will be spraying my 4 mango trees for fungus in a month, so will include the 2 peach trees as well,...can't hurt.
Thanks again for all the comments.


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RE: Peach tree leaves turning yellow

Good plan.
Wishing you success and a good crop.


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RE: Peach tree leaves turning yellow

I have 5 peach trees and they are all doing the exact same. I think it started after we got 6-8 inches of rain in a day, but they are still growing and have 90% of the leaves healthy.


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RE: Peach tree leaves turning yellow

  • Posted by katkin 9b/10a PSLFl (My Page) on
    Fri, Jul 29, 11 at 6:12

With mine it seems to happen with too much rain or not enough, exactly what this year has been.


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