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Victim of the wet Spring

2 healthy almonds, a shrivelled one, and perforated leaves

2 healthy almonds plus a shrivelled one and perforated leaves caused by shot hole disease

Yesterday I went to see how the almond tree was getting on.

I was horrified to find that most of its leaves were full of little holes.

My immediate reaction was to blame pests – maybe even the few small snails which I found on the twigs.

It being at long last a dry day, I started spraying the tree with the pesticide it should have had after flowering but never got.

As I sprayed, I noticed that a lot of the holes had formed in the centre of brown blotches.

Was it a fungal disease?

I added fungicide to my spray; the tree was now getting the full treatment it had missed out on.

Indoors, the internet confirmed my suspicions; the diagnosis jumped out at me:  shot hole disease.

The fungus is spread by rain splashing on the leaves and takes hold when the weather has been continually wet.

The disease has caused most of the almonds to shrivel up, although those which have developed properly will, apparently, be quite normal.

Our last crop was more than 400 nuts; this year, if nothing further happens, there’ll be about 30.

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  1. June 9, 2013 at 9:17 am

    Oh no! Enough of this rain already! It’s seen to some of my lavender bushes which have rotted from the roots up.

    • June 9, 2013 at 4:53 pm

      Yes, some of mine too, except I think the rot started before this spring and the recent rain was the ‘coup de grace’. And it’s still not over!!

  2. June 12, 2013 at 12:36 pm

    We are under a flood watch with too much rain as well

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