1st yr peaches pull off all fruit?

yawineyApril 18, 2013

The peaches were in 15 gallon pots. Went in in October. My Early Treat already has some good size ones on it (I thinned it down to just six). Fruits on the others are still small enough to justify pulling off.
I am planning to pick off all the fruit on my bare root trees.
Not sure about the Mullberry though.
Also, any natural way to fight peach leaf curl?
Much thanks to the good folks on this forum for all the help to this point.

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You probably want the tree to put its energy into root development the first year, so removing the fruit is a good idea. If you do not, it should still be okay. I did not remove fruit the first year and most fell off of their own accord.

    Bookmark   April 18, 2013 at 7:12AM
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olpea(zone 6 KS)

Peaches are somewhat unique. Many fruit trees are prone to "stall" easily. I've sometimes had difficulty sizing up apple and plum trees, at least difficulty sizing them up very fast.

I've found peaches are different. If they are planted in well drained soil (or a raised planting) mulched generously, and sprayed for leaf curl, they grow like a weed regardless of abuse. You can do all kinds of things to them you'd never consider doing to a young apple. Prune them aggressively multiple times through the summer, forgo irrigation during drought, let them bear fruit as soon as they want. They will still put on generous growth and don't slow down.

I'd let your peach tree fruit if it wants. Just thin the fruits to about 1 per 12" of branch space so they don't excessively pull down the new forming scaffolds.

    Bookmark   April 18, 2013 at 8:50AM
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Thanks oplea, they aren't raised up too high but they were planted on the higher part of the property. Any advice on whether i would need to pull fruits off the mullberry? it wa bare root this winter.

    Bookmark   April 18, 2013 at 7:33PM
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yukkuri_kame(Sunset 19 / USDA 9)

I can't imagine much reason to thin fruits on mulberry, unless the tree seems to be in trouble for some reason.

The fruits probably won't weigh down branches a whole lot. And those trees grow fast that setting it back would seem insignificant.

Actually, I have some newly grafted scion on my formerly-fruitless mulberry and they look like they will set fruit. I will let them, even though they were just grafted. My only fear is a big crow landing on them to eat the berries and snapping off the grafts.

This post was edited by yukkuri_kame on Fri, Apr 19, 13 at 8:03

    Bookmark   April 19, 2013 at 8:01AM
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