It’s not uncommon, particularly after rain, to see some brown rot developing in stone fruit like apricots (you might also see it in peaches and nectarines). Notice how the brown rot often starts around a hole?
The holes might be caused by a tiny pest called carpophilus beetles, or in this case, earwigs! The combination of a small hole in the fruit, and a bit of rain can lead to a bit of a brown rot outbreak in your tree.
A lot of the infected fruit tends to fall to the ground, and also it’s important to remove any that you see in the tree to stop it spreading. Be sure to clean them up from the ground (goats or chooks will love to eat them) to help keep the tree disease free next year.
Controlling brown rot, like all fruit tree diseases, relies on the 8 principles of disease prevention:
- Love your soil
- Prevention is easier than cure
- Protect the predators
- Encourage variety in your garden
- Hygiene, hygiene, hygiene
- Maintain your trees
- Monitor your trees regularly
- Plan your fruit tree garden.
You’ll find more detail about the 8 principles, and details of how to manage 27 different diseases of fruit trees in What’s That Spot? Common diseases of deciduous fruit trees.