Agriculture: Cherry Pest Management Guidelines


This year-round IPM program covers the major pests of cherry in California.

About Postharvest (June–November)

What should you be doing during this time?

Continue monitoring and treat if needed according to the Cherry Pest Management Guidelines for:

Examine any declining trees to determine the cause. Manage according to Cherry Pest Management Guidelines.

Treat for leafhopper (cherry and mountain) vectors of X-disease (Cherry buckskin) from June through October if disease has been found in (or near) the orchard.

  • Remove any infected trees as soon as possible after a leafhopper spray.

Collect leaf samples for nutrient analysis June through July.

Prune out wood and promptly destroy brush piles before September to help manage these pests:

Continue to manage weeds in the orchard:

  • Control summer perennials such as field bindweed, bermudagrass, and johnsongrass.
  • Apply preemergence spray in fall based on weed surveys (combine with postemergence if needed), targeting dandelion, clovers, and curly dock to limit X-disease.
  • Keep tree bases free of vegetation to reduce problems with rodents in winter and peachtree borer in summer.

Seed cover crop in October – avoid using clovers that can host the X-disease pathogen and leafhopper vectors: Berseem, crimson, rose, subterranean, and sweet clovers.

Other pests you may see:

Text Updated: 03/13