Weeping Pea Tree Diseases Weeping pea trees are susceptible to many different diseases. They can get infected with fungus, bacteria or even viruses. These diseases may cause the leaves to fall off, die back, turn yellowish and eventually drop from the tree altogether. Other symptoms include stunted growth and poor fruit set. Some of these diseases affect only certain varieties of weeping pea plants while others affect all types of the species. Some of them can’t be cured. If they are not treated, the disease will kill the plant completely. Here is a list of some of the most common diseases affecting weeping pea trees: Fungal Infections: Fungi such as powdery mildew, stem rot and leaf spot can all attack the roots and cause severe damage to your weeping pea tree. You need to prevent these infections from spreading to your tree. To do so, you need to keep the soil moist at all times. Make sure there is no standing water around the base of the tree. You can use a spray bottle filled with water every day or two during dry periods. For best results, make sure that you cover any exposed areas of bare ground with mulch or other materials to protect it from fungi and insects. Trim back any infected plant parts as soon as you see signs of discoloration or disease. This prevents the infection from spreading and helps to slow the spread of the fungi or virus. You can also add more organic materials in the soil such as compost, mulch or even manure. These materials increase the humus content in the soil along with providing appropriate nutrients for your pea tree. There are several fungicides and pesticides that can help you fight off these fungal infections. Follow all safety instructions included on the labels of these products. Bacterial Infections: Bacterial infections such as clump and spot can attack your weeping pea tree. You may notice a sudden yellowing or browning of leaves, a reduction in growth or small lesions on the stems and branches. These symptoms will eventually lead to wilting of the plant if the infection isn’t treated quickly. You can treat this type of infection with antibiotics or antimicrobial solutions and lotions. Viral Infections: There aren’t many viruses that affect weeping pea trees but they can cause quite a bit of damage. The symptoms of these viral infections include yellowing or mottling of the leaves, off-colored growth tips and unusual growth patterns. Wilting and shriveling can also be an indication that your tree is suffering from a virus. In many cases there isn’t any treatment for viral infections. The best way to avoid these problems is to choose disease-resistant tree varieties whenever possible.
You decide to plant the new trees you have just received into your orchard. You want to plant them close enough together so they are easy to look after but far enough apart they can grow and thrive.
You have already weeded and prepared the soil where you intend to plant them so now you just need to put them in the ground. You grab the first tree out of the bag and examine it to see how it should be planted. Most trees should be planted at a depth approximately 1 ¼ times the size of the root ball, but this will vary from type to type.
You look down at your tree and see that it has quite a large diameter so you grab your shovel and make a hole big enough to accommodate the entire root system. It is always better to make the hole a little bigger than necessary as this will prevent the roots from compressing and give them more room to grow.
You carefully place the tree into the hole and back fill with soil. You repeat this process for all of your new trees.
After planting all of your trees, you water them well and then walk around inspecting each one to make sure they look good and are standing straight. Now all you need to do is wait for them to grow!
You think to yourself as you make your way back inside.
You: “Man, I’m hungry. I guess I better go see if there’s any food left in the basement.”
You slowly descend the stairs to the lower floor of the house where most of the storage is kept. You nearly stumble as your feet hit the bottom stair.
It’s incredibly dark; you almost can’t see anything at all!
You reach out and slide open the glass door of the small closet to your right. The soft yellow light from the bare incandescent bulb inside lights up a little of your surroundings.
You scan the contents of the closet. Most of the shelves are pretty empty, a few cans here and there. You spy a few boxes of dried pasta, some soup cans, and a case of bottled water behind them. You might be getting pretty low on food but you really don’t want to eat pasta and soup for the next month.
You close the door and continue to look around the basement. Just behind the stairs you find a jar of peanut butter and a stack of potatoes behind a couple boxes of Christmas ornaments.
You also spy a box full of apples, just beginning to turn, behind some empty plant pots.
You’ve found what could be your dinner but you’re still hungry. You think back to when your Dad brought you and your sister here.
He told you, you wouldn’t have to scavenge for food anymore. You could just focus on school and getting along with the other families in the community.
It’s not fair. You worked so hard gathering seedlings and tending to them only to have them all die on you.
You don’t want to go back outside but you are so hungry.
Which option will you choose?
You decide to eat the apples and potatoes. You can’t go out looking for food or even more trees in your state.
You scarf down as many of the spuds as you can have two helpings of apples. Now you feel full but incredibly sluggish. You waddle up the stairs and plop on your bed where you drift off to sleep.
You are rudely awoken by a vicious pounding on the front door.
Man: “LET US IN! WE’RE COMING IN!
THE WALLS AREN’T GOING TO LAST MUCH LONGER!”
You hear screaming in the distance getting closer and closer. You see sweat beading off your dad’s face.
He is clearly terrified but tries to put on a tough face.
“Just some rioters breaking windows and looting stores, nothing to worry about.”
You know he’s just trying to keep your mom and sister calm. You’ve seen people act like this before; they always end up getting themselves or someone else killed.
“Dad I’m going to head to the basement, maybe they won’t think to look for me there.”
He nods and you slip over to the basement stairs as your mom continues to try and quiet your sister.
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