Description: This is one of the most destructive diseases
in all areas east of the Rockies.
Symptoms: Symptoms are first visible about 3 to 5 weeks
after petal fall as small, water-soaked, browning lesions.
Early symptoms on fruit can be mistaken for insect damage.
During periods of high humidity, gum may exude from
Choose resistant varieties if possible. Spray Soap-Shield® Fungicidal Soap
at bloom and for several weeks after bloom to reduce
diseased fruit. A fall spray, near leaf drop and again
in early spring (dormant and pre-blossom) may be helpful
in reducing overwintering disease and thus reducing
infection of new season growth. While bacterial spot
damage can be reduced, it is very difficult to eliminate