Babcock white peach

agnellok(Z9 So. Calif)June 24, 2013

Hi All,
In 2007, I planted a Babcock in the front yard.This year the tree set fruit, some are growing, but it seems the remaining
fruit is drying up and falling to the ground. I prune every year, the only thing that has changed is the watering ..I now water every two weeks instead of every week. I deep water for two hours. I also have NOT been fertilizing.
Why is the fruit dropping ?
Thanks for your help !!!
Karen

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hoosierquilt USDA 10A Sunset 23 Vista CA(10b Sunset 23)

Yikes. That sounds like actually not enough water to me, Karen! Do you only water your yard in S. California every 2 weeks!?! I water 2 to 3 times a week. You should fertilize your young tree, don't need to overdo it, but here in California, most of us do not have soils rich in organic matter. So mulch with compost and fertilize twice a year - once as the trees wake up, and then a second application after the fruit has been picked. I think your tree is struggling from not enough water and nutrients. And of course, you need to spray 3 to 5 times during the dormant season for Peach Leaf Curl. If not, this will eventually lead to the demise of your tree. Besides the dropping fruit, how does the rest of your tree look? Can you post photos?

Patty S.

    Bookmark   June 24, 2013 at 7:59PM
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fruitnut Z7 4500ft SW TX

Karen:

What is the fruit like that is falling off?

Is it shriveled? Possible lack of adequate water.

Does it have a worm inside, holes in the fruit, or jelly like material ozzing out of the fruit? Possible oriental fruit moth.

Is the tree dropping any leaves or wilted? Or are the leaves perked up. Has the tree stopped growing entirely? Again possibly your new watering schedule isn't adequate.

A certain degree of water deficit will increase fruit eating quality. But the deficit is too severe if it causes the fruit to shrivel and fall.

    Bookmark   June 24, 2013 at 8:04PM
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agnellok(Z9 So. Calif)

Hi Hoosierquilt, I water my front yard about once a week. The blueberries get watered twice a week and the fig and peach tree every two weeks. I live in Costa Mesa, about a couple miles from the beach.
Hi Fruitnut,
My peach tree has plenty of leaf growth, no diseases or stunting. I have about 14 peaches ready to be picked. I just happened to notice that the smaller peaches emerging are not growing, but are drying up and falling to the ground.
I think you're both right, I think more watering is required. I will also be fertilizing.
Karen

    Bookmark   June 25, 2013 at 10:37AM
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