Peach tree problem
My friend has two dwarf peach trees that were planted last Spring. Both trees are loosing their leaves and look like they are dying. See photo. They set a few fruits but clearly the trees are not thriving. No new branch shoots have formed. She noticed this problem several weeks ago and it has gotten worse. No pesticides or fertilizers have been applied. Can you recommend what to do please? Thank you.
Prince George's County Maryland
From the photo it looks like the peach tree is under stress. It is trying to get established. In general peach trees can be a challenge to grow for the average homeowner. They have several pest and disease problems and they need to be on a strict spray schedule. See our website for more information on stone fruits. http://extension.umd.edu/growit/fruit-profiles/stone-fruits-peaches-cherries-plumsapricotsand-nectar...
At this point, keep the tree well watered during dry periods and See our publication for care, and preventing and managing problems http://extension.umd.edu/sites/default/files/_images/programs/hgic/Publications/HG77_IPM_Series_Ston...