Help with our fruit bearing trees
Hello Master gardeners, We have 2 apple trees, 1 nectarine and 1 plum tree, all already bear fruits in the last 6 years. Unfortunately, we never had any decent harvest because of insect infestations, like Japanese beetles and different sort of bees that eats all the fruit. Can you please give us an advise on how to prevent this? Thank you in advance, La Plata, Maryland
Fruit trees like apples and stone fruits are difficult fruit trees to grow because of the many disease and insect problems. Even when following spray schedules backyard growers can find it challenging to get the proper spray coverage and necessary timing to manage these problems. Basic sanitation (picking up and removing fruit drops) and tree health are two keys to minimizing problems. Harvest before peak ripeness to minimize problems with stinging insects.
To manage disease and insect problems you will have to adhere to a spray schedule. It is helpful to be able to identify pests and diseases and know what you are spraying for. Take a look at our website for more information on the tree fruits that you are growing, care, and tree fruit problems including Japanese beetles.
Also, see the Home Fruit Spray Schedule from Va Tech. http://extension.umd.edu/hgic/topics/tree-fruit
You can send us photos this growing season so we can see what you are dealing with.