I have a plum tree, actually an italian prune tree. I have noticed
that the leafs are starting to curl up. Some of them have little
holes in them. Does anyone know what might be doing this? I could
send a picture if it would help.
Luckily my italian plum tree seems to be doing well this year. The
problem with your leaves curling could be a fungus. It is probably too
late to treat immediately, but either this Fall (right after leaf fall)
Spring (just before buds open) spray using a lime-sulfer chemical or
a fungicide with chlorothalonil. The holes could be an insect problem.
You did not mention if you did any spraying this season. If not, you
should start a regular spray schedule. At this point, you can use a
general 'orchard spray', which is both a fungicide and an insecticide.
You did not mention any problems with the fruit. A more serious
problem would be plum curculio, which shows up as crescent shaped
wounds on the fruit. That's a nasty one, so I hope you don't have it.
Paul, you can look here to try to find the problem.
Leaf curling does usually mean fungus, but if it is on a small scale, have you
checked for slugs and snails? I know they can cause leaf curl on low lying
shurbs etc., but I don't know if they would climb the tree. Seems to me it
would scare the little buggers. Here is another site to check
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I'm also in the West and have the same problem. Both with a Italian
plum that I've had for 4 years and one I planted this year. The four
your old has never born fruit. I took some leaves to our agri. ext.
service and they said it was a lack of Iron. I bought some concentrate
and fertilized but that has not fixed the problem. I will post a
solution if I come up with one.
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