What is eating the leaves on my Papaya tree?

Something is eating my papaya leaves

yates

18 June 2012 05:43 AM

Hi Kurt,

We recommend speaking to your local Agriculture body to identify the Papaya Pests and Diseases. There are a number of handy guides that will help you identify what is attacking your tree. Do you have any possums or flying foxes in your area? Yates has a wonderful new product available - Yates Possum Repellent Spray helps protect your precious plants by deterring possums from browsing on sprayed plants.
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Something to consider is if it might be Papaya ringspot disease (caused by Papaya ringspot virus) this can be a devastating pest of papaya/papaw (Carica spp.), Originally found in south-east Queensland in 1991. There are 2 papaya ringspot biosecurity zones with retrictions on movement on the plants to minimise the spread of the virus. the earliest symptoms are yellowing and vein-clearing of young leaves distinctive ringspot patterns on fruit consisting of concentric rings and spots, or c-shaped markings - these markings persist during ripening and can darken to become orange-brown rings as the fruit matures. Conspicuous yellow mottling of the leaves - sometimes followed by severe blistering and leaf distortion dark green streaks and sometimes rings on the leaf stalks and stems depending on the age of the plant when infected, fruit set is usually reduced and plant vigour declines fruit quality, particularly flavour, is adversely affected.
This is worst case scenario, we believe its best to send some further information or describe the symptomsbetter so we cab help us identify the problem, or point you to the agencies that can. Thanks.

Topics: Fruit and Citrus Issues: Pests