When do you spray apricots for brown rot?

Spraying apricot trees for pests doesn’t stop with the coming of spring. Right at the time of bud break, spray with a fixed copper fungicide to kill off brown rot and shot hole fungi. You may need to use an active apricot fruit tree spray during the growing season if you see any pests or fungus.

What does brown rot do?

What is brown rot? Brown rot is a destructive fungal disease of trees and shrubs in the genus Prunus which includes peaches, plum, cherries, apricots and nectarines. Brown rot is particularly a problem on the fruits of susceptible plants, with the potential to cause losses of 50% or more prior to harvest.

How do you control brown rot on apricots?

Symptoms. A clean up spray of Mancozeb Plus Fungicide in winter helps to control brown rot, but should be followed by spraying with Mancozeb Plus Fungicide at full bloom, petal fall and then every three weeks until two weeks before harvest. Collect and destroy any fruit affected with brown rot.

When do you spray for brown rot?

Spray preventatively if brown rot is problematic in your areas, even before symptoms appear. Be sure the fungicide spray is recommended for use on the trees being sprayed (check label). Most spray applications start at pink-bud stage in spring and are repeated as needed.

What is brown rot in apricots?

Apricot brown rot is caused by the fungus Monilinia fructicola, a fungus that affects most stone fruits. Apricot brown rot symptoms start appearing in the spring, soon after blossoms open. The blossoms turn brown and die, sap exudes from the flower bases, and brown cankers may form on the adjacent twigs.

What is brown rot weather alert?

A warning for brown-rot was issued to residents in the Wimmera after a downpour of summer rainfall and accompanying humidity hit the region earlier this week. “The symptoms of brown-rot include blossom blight, twig blight, cankers, leaf shot-hole, quiescent infection and brown rot of the fruit.”

What to do about brown rot on apricots?

Remove all mummified apricots with brown rot from the tree and beneath, and prune away any stems with cankers. Pest control is also crucial, as insect bites damage the fruits and give the fungus easy access.

What to do about brown rot in fruit trees?

What can be done to treat brown rot in fruit trees? 1 Prune out all signs of disease in limbs as soon as they appear. Clean pruners between cuts. 2 Dispose of pruning and other debris to avoid recontamination – do not try to compost. 3 Remove and dispose of all infected fruit. Do not leave them on the ground or try to compost.

What kind of fungus is on my apricot tree?

The exudation (oozing) of sticky droplets of gum (sap) from the base of dead flowers and the bark of infected twigs is further indication that Monolinia spp ., the brown rot fungus, is present on your apricot tree. Brown rot can also infect other stone fruit such as almond, peach, plum, cherry, nectarine and quince (a pome fruit).

Why does my apricot tree have holes in it?

Because earwigs classically leave tell-tale round holes in fruit, as you can see in this photo. The combination of a small hole in the fruit, and a bit of rain can lead to a bit of a brown rot outbreak in your apricot tree. A lot of the infected fruit tends to fall to the ground. Be sure to clean up any fallen fruit from the ground.