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Blackthorn problem

Post  fiona on Fri May 11, 2012 11:35 am

While sitting in the den looking out at the rain yesterday, I noticed that my Blackthorn was covered in sparrows all pecking away at something or another.



This prompted me to have a closer look and I found that, despite it having flowered profusely a few weeks ago with no apparent problems, there seems to be some sort of leaf curl on the leaves. Not all are affected but probably the majority are.



Weather wise in the past four weeks it's been still fairly cold with only a few spells of getting above 10C. On the plus side (hah!) it has not gone much below 3C at night. We have had some rain but nothing like the torrents that our friends further south have had.

Any suggestions? I'm thinking insect given the interest of the birds but I can't see anything.

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Post  Guest on Fri May 11, 2012 11:38 am

Hi Fiona

I think it is a kind of very tiny greenflies.....guess what my advise is Smile

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Post  fiona on Fri May 11, 2012 11:44 am

Yvonne Graubaek wrote:Hi Fiona

I think it is a kind of very tiny greenflies.....guess what my advise is Smile

Kind regards Yvonne

Get more sparrows? Very Happy

Soapy water has been recommended for fruit trees in the past - would that be your choice too?

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Post  Guest on Fri May 11, 2012 1:32 pm

No dear Fiona

I thought everyone new by now, I use Provadosticks Smile
I place the right amount of sticks in the soil before the buds becomes leaves.

For Prunus, Malus and Craetegus, do I use them as a rule, because I know they will be eaten already early in the summer. Your Prunus will not be goodlooking anymore this summer, and it is a pity to look at on the daily basis, if you had a plan to exhibit the tree, can you forgett it now....but with this treatment, next year you can relax:)

I dont spray or use hose or soapwater, I just want my trees to be ready for attacs of any kind, without I have to wait for ruined leaves first, and maybe hose away a shohin....I want to take it easy. And I am confident the strickt danish rules, for what is allowed, is followed.

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Post  fiona on Fri May 11, 2012 6:22 pm

I'll remember that for next year but would welcome any suggestions for what to do right now.

The tree is at least two years away from any sort of showing.

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Post  Guest on Fri May 11, 2012 7:37 pm

The same Smile

After 3 days will it work...

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Post  Orion on Fri May 11, 2012 8:44 pm

Have you checked for aphids?

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Blackthorn problem.

Post  bonsaisr on Fri May 11, 2012 9:15 pm

I hate to tell you, but it looks something like what happened to my buttonwood, mites or thrips. Yvonne is right.
Orion, aphids were mentioned. Greenfly are British aphids.
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