Timing of Peach Thinning
I planted an "instant orchard" Belle of Ga. peach tree a few years ago. This is what I would consider the 2nd year of fruiting. Last year, technically might not have been a rushed 1st year and all dropped off but a prized one peach due to peach curl. This year, I sprayed with copper and no major peach drop. I thinned the fruit a little later anticipating some drop (probably about the size of a quarter) and then waited. No drop. I counted and had 500 peaches on my tree. I then freaked out that I was sabotaging myself and would have too many pits and not enough peaches. I thinned again about a month later. Although they are more like the recommended 6 inches apart...their are still a good 200-250 remaining on the tree. For futures years, did I mess anything up by waiting too long to thin besides maybe a bit of size? If I continue to thin does it help the remaining peaches get a little bigger or is there a point it doesn't effect anything and is pointless? 2nd Question....I only fertilized in early April instead of early March. What effect will this have and what effect would I have if i added more fertilizer at this point? I might not have used enough given I can't even remember how much I put down of 10-10-10. The tree is about 4-5 in diameter tree.