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How to Treat Peach Leaf Curl in Your Organic Orchard

By GrowOrganic.com on May 13, 2015

Are your peach trees suffering from Peach Leaf Curl? In this video, Tricia will show you what Peach Leaf Curl is and how to treat and prevent it.

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Should I manually remove the curled leaves on my peach trees?

Posted by Suzanne on Apr. 10, 2017 at 12:53:46 PM

Suzanne, the leaves will naturally fall off during the summer. If your tree is small you can remove them. Otherwise they will drop off and grow new leaves over the summer. Make sure to dispose of your leaves in the garbage and not your compost pile. Keep your tree healthy throughout the summer and it should be fine. Some people like to feed it with compost tea during the summer.

Posted by Suzanne at GrowOrganic.com on Apr. 11, 2017 at 4:23:19 PM


We have had this fungus on one of our plum trees for the past 2 years. We sprayed it with a mix of vinegar, water and Seventh Generation dish soap both years. It seemed to help a little, though we had to do it a few times. Then, this last spring, I decided to plant leeks and marigolds around the tree, just on the off chance that they might deter any bugs or fungus living in the soil and I sprayed only once in the very early spring (march) and,  so far, the tree has been healthier than ever. I, honestly, have no idea whether these intuitive/not very scientific methods were the big turn around, or if it was just a good season… What do you think?

Posted by Lori on Jul. 05, 2017 at 8:53:49 AM

Lori, I can’t say whether it was just one thing or a combination of several things working together. The good news is that your tree is healthier!

Posted by Suzanne at GrowOrganic.com on Jul. 06, 2017 at 10:11:53 AM


Is it too late to spray my peach tree? It’s mid December and snow is on the ground. I live in Phila., Pa. Thank you

Posted by Kathy on Dec. 15, 2017 at 9:10:32 AM


Am I the only one still using Bordeaux mix? It completely controls Peach Leaf Curl (but the lime has to be fresh). I use the recipe from University of California Integrated Pest Management site (Google UCIPM).

Posted by Steve Woodward on Dec. 15, 2017 at 11:04:48 AM

Kathy, it is not too late to spray your tree. There is still time to get in two to three applications before the buds swell on your tree.

Posted by Suzanne at GrowOrganic.com on Dec. 20, 2017 at 2:15:42 PM


Loved this Peach Curl video.  You said to “like” it, could not find where?  But, it was very instructive and I’m on my way for my first, rather late spray.  then again end of Jan. & then in Feb.  My poor tree looked bad last year.
Thanks loads!!

Posted by John Harris on Dec. 30, 2017 at 12:56:55 PM

John, you would have to view it through YouTube and like it there. But I am very happy the video was helpful.

Posted by Suzanne at GrowOrganic.com on Jan. 02, 2018 at 12:50:15 PM

John, you would have to view it through YouTube and like it there. But I am very happy the video was helpful.

Posted by Suzanne at GrowOrganic.com on Jan. 02, 2018 at 12:50:15 PM


I have worms inside peaches. something organic i can use? to stop the worms. and what time of the year to spray before the worms show up. help

Posted by jesse on Nov. 08, 2018 at 8:24:26 AM

Jesse, I cannot make recommendations on what pesticide to use, especially since you do not know what type of worm it is. My suggestion is to find one of them and take it to a local nursery and they can help identify it for you. Once you know, you can check out labels for organic/natural pesticides that we carry. I would think you would need to apply the pesticide around the time the fruit is developing, or some you can apply during the dormant season. But the most important thing is to try and find out what pest you have.

Posted by Suzanne at GrowOrganic.com on Nov. 09, 2018 at 8:43:47 AM

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