Dwarf peach dropping fruit buds

averil(8b)April 7, 2014

Hi folks, I would appreciate some advice. I have a dwarf peach and this year it has flowered profusely. However it's dropping a lot of the little nibs after the petals have fallen. Is it just the tree just getting rid of some naturally or does it sound like a problem? It's in a cold greenhouse and I have given it a tomato feed a week ago
Any advice appreciated
Kind regards
Averil (uk)

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Scott F Smith(6B/7A MD)

If there is no wind there is a chance it was not pollinated adequately. Fruitnut is the expert on greenhouse pollination so hopefully he will chime in here. It could just be thinning, those dwarf peaches set a ridiculous number of flowers per inch. So if there are still a lot left it is probably thinning. It could also be too immature so it doesn't want to bear lots of fruit. Peaches drop a lot until they are a few years old.

Scott

    Bookmark   April 7, 2014 at 8:31AM
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averil(8b)

Hi Scott,
Thanks for your reply. I have left the greenhouse door open on the odd nice day to encourage insects to pollinate it, however i have gone round the flowers with a small brush. I shall keep my eye on it and hope it is just thinning out because as you have said it had loads and loads of flowers on it. I just hope I can get one peach out of it because ive never seen them growing in the wild before (by that I mean ive only ever seen them in the supermarket) ha ha. Who would believe it and im 57 years old!!
Thanks again, Scott
Kind regards
Averil (UK)

    Bookmark   April 7, 2014 at 3:14PM
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fruitnut Z7 4500ft SW TX

Averil:

One tip on pollinating peach/nectarine is to spray lightly with water. Just a misting during bloom once or twice a day. I use a hand sprayer and plain water. Not sure it works but since starting haven't had a failure to set and did before.

This year I also hand pollinated mostly with my finger tip. Whatever I had a good set on everything this year.

    Bookmark   April 7, 2014 at 3:58PM
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averil(8b)

Thank you fruitnut, that is a good tip. I have misted once but that was more to just give it a little bit of a shower than anything else. I shall definitely do that regularly now
Many thanks for your advice
kind regards
Averil

    Bookmark   April 8, 2014 at 5:34AM
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