my little peach tree

brer(Zone 7)May 31, 2012

I have had my tree four years. For the first three, I took off all the peaches. This year, I hoped to have a "crop." We thinned all the peaches to one every 4 inches of branch. After that, it seemed like the peaches grew twice as big in about a week.

Yesterday I noticed that they were falling off. I thought it might be squirrels or something, but when I jarred a branch, more fell off.

It's been raining on and off, and I thought I'd watered the tree, but I put the hose under there with a drizzle and let it run for a couple of hours.

I can't think of anything else to do.

Any suggestions?

Thanks!

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ltilton

Trees routinely drop excess fruits. There may be no problem.

Although, in your zone, it's a bit late for that. Are you sure they're not just ripe?

    Bookmark   May 31, 2012 at 7:36PM
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brer(Zone 7)

No, they are still just an inch and a half in diameter.
I hope you are right about there being no problem! :)

    Bookmark   May 31, 2012 at 8:14PM
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ltilton

Well, they call it the "June fruit drop."

    Bookmark   May 31, 2012 at 9:46PM
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Scott F Smith(6B/7A MD)

Cut open a few drops to make sure there is no worm inside. If there is no worm it is June drop. I am assuming the tree is looking healthy, no yellow leaves etc.

If its been raining don't water it, you don't want to drown the roots.

Scott

    Bookmark   May 31, 2012 at 10:52PM
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olpea(zone 6 KS)

Brer,

One fruit every 4" is a little too close for peaches. A lot of folks thin to one every 10" or 8". I thin to one every 12".

That said, I'd be surprised if your fruits are dropping via June drop. June drop is normal for unthinned fruit but I've never seen June drop on anything I've thinned, but again I space fruits farther than 4".

As Scott suggests, you may want to cut open some of the drops to make sure there are not internal feeders causing the drops.

Lastly, it isn't necessary to remove fruit on young peach trees. If the tree is in a good location and healthy, early fruiting won't slow it down.

    Bookmark   May 31, 2012 at 11:16PM
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