Shot Hole

Shot hole is a symptom of fungal or bacterial disease of stone fruit and other plants causing small spots and holes in leaves.

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Shot hole is a symptom of fungal and bacterial disease of stone fruit causing small spots that turn dark and eventually die. The dead material then falls out leaving holes in the leaves.


  • Use Kiwicare PLANThealth Buxus Blight Buster Thiram to prevent plants becoming infected with shot hole. Spraying should stop 7 days before harvest. Also improve ventilation around fruits and prevent them being in humid conditions if possible.
  • Note: Some leaf miner insect larvae cause similar symptoms as they eat the interior of leaves. The leaves mottle, brown and patches may die and fall out. In this case PLANThealth Spectrum will also control the leaf miner.

Did You Know Did You Know

  • Shot hole disease of stone fruit such as cherry, peach and plum is caused by the bacterium Xanthomonas arboricola.

Tips Tips

In winter carry out a winter spray program to prevent shot hole fungal disease and other diseases.

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