Leaf Curl

leafcurlLeaf curl will be showing up in your stonefruit about now – spring being the season of fungi. Here’s my all round approach to managing fun-guys.

It’s too late to do anything now – the time for copper has been and gone. Tuck the copper away for leaf fall. Liquid seaweed makes more sense right about now. Do this weekly, or as often as you can manage for excellent tonic support. I add EM (effective microorganisms) to this spray as well, to build beneficial fungi.

If your tree has a full on infection, it’ll defoliate. In which case it’ll need to kick into high gear to produce another set of leaves to support the fruits. That’s a bit of a load, aye – new leaves and new fruits at the same time. Don’t forget, it’s already poured a heap of energy into that first set of leaves. Being under resourced like this adds bit of pressure, which is why the need for tonic support and be sure to thin your fruit when the time is right.

Hanging strips of kelp in the branches will give your peach or plum a liquid feed every time it rains. Kelp beneath the mulch is fab too. Don’t go rich with sheep pellets et all.

Collecting all the dropped funky leaves will help break the cycle – if you’ve got the time and/ or inclination then this is excellent house keeping.  Mulch is an important part of minimising fungal splash back – preferably a woodsy type one. And if you aren’t on the biological spray band wagon, be sure to copper at leaf fall.

kotare honey

At this stage, I’ve 2 trees with a wee bit of leaf curl. I’ve picked about 6 leaves off the River peach and about twice that from Kotare Honey. Being right off the deck and in our main traffic area makes it noticeable and a quick, easy mission.


  1. Tony Winter says:

    Wonderful advise & thanks for the Moonlight Organics connection as I am having a battle at present to get the Thames Market concessionaires to accept Bio-Bags composting system as well as the shopping bag option. Now there is a far bigger & more dramatic option for agriculture , market gardening mulching film – what a breakthrough!!!

    • Yes, such good products! High levels of patience required when you’re trying to change a mindset. An easy solution usually takes people forward in leaps and bounds. All the best here