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Surinam cherry leaf disease?

Posted by batya Israel north 8-9-10 (My Page) on
Sat, Feb 26, 11 at 10:53

surinam cherry problem

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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RE: Surinam cherry leaf disease?

Cercospora is a fungus, not a scale.

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


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RE: Surinam cherry leaf disease?

  • Posted by batya Israel north 8-9-10 (My Page) on
    Sun, Feb 27, 11 at 11:21

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


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RE: Surinam cherry leaf disease?

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.


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RE: Surinam cherry leaf disease?

  • Posted by batya Israel north 8-9-10 (My Page) on
    Tue, Mar 1, 11 at 9:17

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.


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RE: Surinam cherry leaf disease?

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.


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