Archive for March, 2012

Beautiful Fruit

This ;time of year the stone fruit trees, peaches, plums, nectarines and cherries, are in bloom and it is a very beautiful sight. Miles and miles of blooming orchards in various shades of pink and white. Fresno County has a driving tour called the Blossom Trail that is wonderful. Check it out if you are in the area.

This time of year a major project for the Plant Doctor is to make sure that a little insect called a Thrip Image

doesn’t get into the nectarine flowers and start feeding on the developing fruit. If they feed on the fruit the damage they do will cause a small scar that will expand into a very big ugly scar as the fruit grows. That scar makes the fruit ugly and people won’t buy it. This scar doesn’t do anything to damage the fruit in any way but to make it look ugly. It think it is unfortunate that we have to spray for insects just to make the fruit look pretty but people don’t want ugly fruit. They say they dislike pesticides but then they don’t like ugly fruit either. But if they won’t but scarred fruit, we have to keep it clean.

Check out my video to see how I check for thrip during the bloom period.

 

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