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Buggy Peaches

Tuesday, June 17th, 2008

Remember my peach tree that I was so excited about when it started growing peaches? Yeah, apparently oriental fruit moths have taken a fancy to it. We've noticed a bunch of the peaches have clear crystals on them, like something was punching holes in them and the juice would leak out and crystallize. Then I noticed some of the peaches were getting eaten by bugs; they had brown spots and holes and such. Then I went out to check on it and I noticed 10 or 15 peaches scattered around on the ground around the tree. At first I thought maybe birds were yanking them off, but I found a couple diseased looking ones still on the tree and they were just hanging on by the skin of their teeth. According to the intarweb those symptoms are indicative of the oriental fruit moth.

Yesterday I pulled off a small peach that was just dangling and cut it in half. Sure enough there was a little grub in the middle. What I find curious is that I did the same thing to a bigger peach that was really stuck to the tree, but looked like those moths used it for a blow-up doll, and it was fine inside. So maybe just the peaches that fall off are the bad ones.

Either way a co-worker told me that you can mix up some home-made bug repellant that works really well for fruit trees. Basically you just mix 1-2 tablespoons of liquid soap with 1 quart of water and spray it on the tree. The soap is unpleasant to the bugs and they leave it alone. I looked this up online to confirm, but no sites would say how often you have to do this. I would imagine you would have to re-spray after each rain, but who knows.

peaches

Used and abused

clean inside

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Betsy
#1 - Jun 17, 2008 at 2:38 PM
My parents have a great cherry tree but birds and bugs usually get more cherries than we do. It's sad.
Joe
#2 - Jun 17, 2008 at 7:04 PM
That makes me mad...
Joe
#3 - Aug 20, 2008 at 5:29 PM
Well my one and only peach is still on the tree! I think it might be ready for picking soon...

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