My peaches get brown gooey spots every year, ruining about half of each fruit. What can I do?

I have a peach tree that gets brown gooey spots every year. They start out as tiny black spots, then spread to about half of each peach. I have used every fungus spray avialable at the local nurseries, but nothing seems to be helping. Can you tell me what the problem is and how to fix it?
Submitted by samannie97731

The problem that you describe sounds most like brown rot, a serious disease problem on peaches and other stone fruits. It usually takes several steps to keep brown rot under control. First, remove any overwintering mummies (dried up fruits clinging to the tree.) Also, prune trees to maintain good airflow. And spray with a preventative fungicide; don't wait until you see spots developing. By that time infection has already occurred, and the fungicide won't stop its spread.

For more detailed instructions check out the excellent Extension guide sheet from Virginia Tech University.

Answered by DSchrock

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