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Peach Leaf Curl

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Finally identified what's causing all the leaves to blister and curl up on my peach trees.  Having net searched, many places say to take off all the infected leaves but that's EVERY leaf on some of the trees.  Plus some are big trees and I can't reach.  Others say I need to spray in the winter with a copper based solution.  Is that it then - I just have to ride it out this year with sad trees and hope for the best with spraying in the dormant season?  How depressing 
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one of our peach trees has peach curl. i tried spraying a chamomile extract in the later winter and it did help some but i didnt get rid of it completely. this winter i am going to be applying a biodynamic tree paste. i know a few people who have done this and it worked really well for them.
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Location: Portland Oregon
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Around this neck of the woods the common wisdom on peach trees is......no.  Peach leaf curl is just too hard to deal with, too many sprays of too many chemicals. 
I know there are commercial growers here, but I also know how many times they spray and the chemicals they use!!!
Does anyone else have any experiance with peach leaf curl especially in the Pacific Northwest, Willamette valley area?
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  My trees have peach tree curl and i normally just follow my fathers advise leave it. The first leaves of spring come out terrible and then it produces more leaf and more or less survives its curl.
  Last year they gave a lot of peaches i gave them some fertiliser, horse manure. They are in a poor sandy soil in the garden. The fruiting broke their branches. this year they are looking really terrible maybe fruiting so much was just to much for them.
    I don't know if they flowered this year i was not there for it if they did.
  anyway i would say just don't worry leave them they will give you somefruit and never be really healthy but so what unless you can't afford to have trees that don't give much fruit on you patch. Maybe they do give a lot every year if the soils good.
  My husband did spray them once this year, luckily he does not get round to spraying them often.
  I think the apricot is affected and does it maybe end up affecting almonds too? The peaches i have as a hedge are fine so maybe sever prunning keeps them healthy. THey come up easily if you throw peach stones on your flower bed and are a carfull or lazy weeder or puller out of extra plants permaculture style, so i had lots and just put them in with some plums that i also have lots of because their roots throw up suckers to make a hedge and they grew like crazy so a year or two and you have a good thick hedge and without spending a penny. its great. agri rose macaskie.
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