Leaf-curl on young pear tree

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Leaf-curl on young pear tree

Postby Mouse2 » Mon Apr 30, 2018 10:57 am

Having Googled this, I have now identified aphids - green fly to be precise - as the culprits. There are also ants present, which I presume are 'farming' them.

Any suggestions on the best way to deal with this? I have a systemic pest spray to hand, which I am tempted to use, but if any of you have more experience of this problem, I would really appreciate your input before I use it. :)

Here's a photo of the leaves et the top of the main stem:

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Re: Leaf-curl on young pear tree

Postby Westi » Mon Apr 30, 2018 5:27 pm

Hi Mouse2!

They have really taken hold with the assistance of the ants - loads of leaves affected there. Zap them with what you have as at least you have none of that sooty black stuff as yet, but it will come. Also you need those leaves unfurled to catch the sun asap to get strong & grow on.
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Re: Leaf-curl on young pear tree

Postby Mouse2 » Mon Apr 30, 2018 8:47 pm

Thanks, Westi.

I have been away for a week, and when I left the tree looked perfect - it's incredible how quickly the little critters have established themselves!

I guess tomorrow will be spent trying to uncurl those leaves!
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Re: Leaf-curl on young pear tree

Postby Westi » Tue May 01, 2018 6:28 pm

The fruit tree growing sounds fine until you get problems & then you really have to just go for it & be ruthless.

I had die back on my Victorian plum, scab on my pear, peach leaf curl on my miniature ones - the first 2 have been overcome, the peach will be living in the greenhouse next year. Would have been in there this winter but had missing panes so just as wet in there so put them under the eaves - hmm? The horizontal rain & sleet & snow saw to that great idea!
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