Canker

bacterial canker on stem

If your fruit tree (which is grown on a plum or cherry rootstock) suddenly dies it may be caused by BACTERIAL CANKER. Sometimes a plum, cherry or apricot tree just fails to come into leaf in spring and all that can be seen is an oozing amber-coloured gum from the base of the tree- see

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Aphids!!

Aphids!! Whatever type its always seems to be a good year for aphid- so keep an eye out! Aphids can quickly attack any soft, juicy, new growth- the photos show it on pear and cherry but any fruit can be affected. Sticky honeydew will follow. The aphid on cherries (cherry blackfly) or pears (bedstraw aphid) or

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Peach Leaf Curl

This is a fungal disease of peaches and nectarines that can cause serious damage, and is difficult to control if the tree has it. It causes red blistering (as the photo shows). Most affected leaves fall off eventually and a second flush of leaves is usually free of it. The fruit can be affected too

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Pear Leaf Blister Mite

Pear Leaf Blister Mites seem to becoming more of a problem on pears. Blotches or blisters appear on new leaf in spring which look like a type of rust. They either appear singly or grouped together on the leaf and by summer darken and if really bad can coalesce to cause the leaf to drop.

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