Peach trees:

loneranger_growMay 6, 2010

I had a peach, Apricot, and Nectarine, planted and they all grew, to about 8 ft tall. the Peach and apricot started to have fruit. Then,,last spring the peach and apricot, shot out new leaves in the Spring that promptly withered and died along with the entire tree. My Nectarine struggled, but came around and grew all summer. Now this spring it has done the same and is dieing. I have no borer problem, no sign of any disease. The only clue I can come up with is that the last couple yrs have been Extremely wet,,especially in the spring. I have heavy clay soil. I figure Peach type trees do not like heavy wet soil. I have apple and pear trees nearby that are doing fine. My neighbor, across the road is haveing the same result to some of his peach trees? Are the very wet conditions, a Possible Cause??

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jellyman(6/7VA)

Loneranger:

Wet conditions, coupled with poor drainage, are almost certainly the cause of your stone fruit problems. The problem is often compounded by planting too deeply, though I don't know if that's the case here.

If you dig up these trees, you will find a lot of dead roots. The roots drown, and when the scions above begin to leaf out and demand moisture and nutrients, the roots are unable to supply them.

If you don't have a planting area with better drainage and you have already planted as close to the surface as possible, it may be necessary to plant on raised berms. Apple and pear rootstocks are better able to resist drowning, but cherries are the most sensitive of all.

Don Yellman, Great Falls, VA

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