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Dilemma

March 11, 2013 1 comment
Raindrop by a nectarine bud

Raindrop by a nectarine bud

This photo illustrates well the dilemma which exists this time of year.

The fruit trees should be sprayed with a mix of insecticide and fungicide at what’s called ‘pink bud’ time.

However the buds develop and show their colour (pink or white, depending on the kind of tree) right through a period when there’s almost constant wind and rain and no spraying can be done.

Once the flowers open it’s too late: the insecticide, as well as killing larvae of harmful insects, would decimate the bees and ruin chances of pollination.

Here a raindrop hangs from a nectarine twig where a bud is showing a pink tip.

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