Stop leaf curl before too late

MAJOR ISSUE: Peach leaf curl is a major fungal problem, mainly affecting peach trees, although nectarine and almond trees can also be impacted.
MAJOR ISSUE: Peach leaf curl is a major fungal problem, mainly affecting peach trees, although nectarine and almond trees can also be impacted.

Parsley plants can be one of the more useful plants to have in a garden. They look attractive in a vegetable or herb garden, but can also have a visual impact when planted into a flower bed or between lower growing shrubs.

Young plants are available in pots or seedling trays, but plants can also be grown from seed. However, parsley seeds can be difficult to raise as seedlings. Parsley seeds are slow to germinate and usually require soaking prior to germination taking place. This can be achieved by soaking the seeds in warm water overnight.

Alternatively, the seeds can be sown thickly, directly into a seed raising mixture on top of the garden bed. Then water that had just boiled can be poured over the soil and seeds.

Major problem

Peach leaf curl is a major fungal problem, mainly affecting peach trees, although nectarine and almond trees can also be affected. This plant disease becomes evident during the warmer months through thickened, swollen and distorted leaves that have pinkish or green blisters on their surfaces.

Fruits may become shrivelled and then harden, taking on a mummified appearance. These should be removed from the tree. 

Once the symptoms appear, it is too late to take control measures. These must be taken soon before the new leaves first appear. As the buds begin to swell and the new season’s growth is imminent, the trees should be sprayed with lime sulphur or Bordeaux, a commercially available product.