2nd year trees - leave blooms

mdchambe(5)May 7, 2013

Hi everyone,

I posted a while back getting some information about pruning the trees we plants as whips just last spring.

Given how little growth most of our trees put on I wasn't expecting blooms this year. However, the two peach trees and a plum tree each have a few blooms on them.

The trees are still quite small. Should I drop the blooms so the trees focus more on root development/growth or just let the blooms go?

I've included a picture of one of the peach trees so you can get an idea of its size.

Thanks, and happy spring!

This post was edited by mdchambe on Tue, May 7, 13 at 17:07

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They'll probably fall off themselves. Young trees do that. Mrs. G

    Bookmark   May 7, 2013 at 5:14PM
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Mrs G is right let nature take its course. A strong wind will more than likely take care of the bloom.

    Bookmark   May 7, 2013 at 7:23PM
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Thank you both for your help. That's what I'll do!

    Bookmark   May 7, 2013 at 7:26PM
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My 2nd year Japanese plum bloomed this year and I can see now that the would-be fruitlets are turning yellow and falling off. I expect it.

For peach, last year, my 2nd year peach bloomed. I let two peaches grew and harvested them. If you can wait, you can pick off the flowers or fruitlets and let the tree establish itself. I couldn't wait!!!

Your cage is very impressive!!!

    Bookmark   May 7, 2013 at 8:07PM
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Thanks for the cage comment! I know we probably went a bit overboard, but oh well. This winter we wrapped the trunks in white cloth, put 2 foot tall small diameter cages around the trunks, and had the 6 foot diameter 6 foot tall cages. We figured that ought to cover sunscald, rabbits, and deer!

    Bookmark   May 7, 2013 at 9:14PM
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