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Fruit - Fungicides

Back to General Disease and Insect Pest Control Recommendations Organic fungicides Bordeaux Mixture —see Copper Compounds Copper Compounds are widely sold as fungicides for orchard and garden use. They can be highly phytotoxic (cause leaf burn) to many fruit crops and must be used with extreme care...

Fruit Disease and Insect Pest Control

Back to - Fruits To grow any type of fruit successfully, you must grow healthy plants and anticipate and prevent problems. The appearance and severity of pest problems varies between neighborhoods, areas of the state, and growing seasons. When symptoms of a problem are noticed, accurately identify...

Fruit - Insecticides

Back to - General Disease and Insect Pest Control Recommendations Organic Insecticides Bacillus thuringiensis (Bt var. kurstaki), available in many products) is a selective microbial insecticide formulation using a byproduct of the naturally occurring bacterium Bacillus thuringiensis as its active...

Insects - Blueberries

Back to Common Problems - Blueberries 1) Blueberry Maggot, Rhagoletis mendax (Curran) Photos: Jerry A. Payne, USDA Ag Res. Service, Bugwood.org Adults of the blueberry maggot (photo on right) are similar in size to houseflies but have white spots on their wings. They appear and begin laying eggs in...

Diseases - Blueberries/Mummy berry

Mummy berry (Photo: Caleb Slemmons, National Ecological Observatory Network, Bugwood.org) Back to Common Problems - Blueberries Mummy berry is the most destructive disease affecting blueberries, but it may not appear until many years after planting; after it appears, control measures will be needed...

Wildlife Pests of Fruit

Back to Common Problems Small Fruits Back to Common Problems Tree Fruits Wildlife Management Deer Voles Rabbits Birds Animals can be a major pest of fruit plants, particularly in the first few years after planting. There are basically three solutions to most animal problems: • The problem animal...

Best Practices - Small Fruits

Back to getting started with small fruits Best Practices for Planting Small Fruits Locate your small fruit planting in full sun. However, blueberries , currants, and gooseberries tolerate partial shade. In warmer regions of the state, blueberries and raspberries may prefer light shade from hot,...

Comparison of Fruit Plants for Maryland Gardens

Comparison of Fruit Plants for Maryland Gardens Tree Fruits or Small Fruits Common name Genus/species Origin Grow without pesticides? Notes Apple * Malus domestica Malus pumila Europe/Asia Minor Difficult Select disease-resistant cultivars; train highly dwarfed trees on wires European pear * Pyrus...

Iron Chlorosis - Blueberries

Back to common problems - blueberries Iron chlorosis is common in blueberry plantings and, if left untreated, will cause decreased growth, yellowing foliage, early defoliation, and severely weakened plants. The characteristic foliar yellowing may be apparent early in the spring or can develop later...

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