Contender Peach not leafed out!

ronnieshawJune 2, 2013

Hi I live in Minneapolis and I have a Contender peach in my front yard. It has been there for 3 and half years and last year was the first year it had peaches. I thinned heavily so that it didn't overbear fruit and all seemed well. So the problem is that it is June 1st a year later and I has not leafed out yet. I know it has been a wet cold spring but I am starting to worry. I've done the scratch test and its branches are supple and green underneath.The buds are just fuzzy gray not swollen at all. So any insight as to what is going on would help ease my mind! The peach is on the right with the white trunk protector on it.

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valgor(4b, WI)

I planted two contender peaches this year. One started leafing out while the other was about two weeks behind. Just started leafing out three days ago. They were bought from the same place, but one a lot bigger than the other, the bigger one being the one not leafing out til late. Maybe all the rain and cooler weather we've been having in our areas has something to do with it. Not much to do but wait and see...

    Bookmark   June 2, 2013 at 8:59PM
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mark_roeder(4B IA)

I grow peaches and roses. My peach trees have come back from a miserable 2012. I lost quite a few rose bushes to the drought. Roses are closely related to peach trees. Maybe it was the combination of fruit bearing and drought that stressed your tree?

It has been a very late spring in NE Iowa. I culled marble sized peaches yesterday. Peachlets are abundant here. Last year the thining was in April. In 2012, the that fruit weren't ruined by the freezes in May, were consumed by Japanese Beetles in July. I had no harvestable fruit in 2012. Wish you the best.

    Bookmark   June 3, 2013 at 1:37AM
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daemon2525(5)

It looks like it has leaves to me? Am I missing something?

    Bookmark   June 3, 2013 at 8:52AM
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franktank232(z5 WI)

Same here..looks leafed out...

    Bookmark   June 3, 2013 at 10:50AM
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Tony(Zone 5. Omaha, Nebraska)

Frank,

Possibly, that was last year photo.

Tony

    Bookmark   June 3, 2013 at 10:56AM
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ronnieshaw

Here is another angle of the tree!

    Bookmark   June 3, 2013 at 3:54PM
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ronnieshaw

Here is another angle of the tree! I did not let it bear many fruit last year I only got about 15 peaches last year because I wanted to be sure not to stress the tree. That being said they were the most delicious peaches I have ever had and my family will be very disappointed if we don't get any this year! I know that my entire garden is like a month behind where it was last year at this time.

    Bookmark   June 3, 2013 at 3:57PM
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ronnieshaw

The first picture was from last year(with leaves) the second is this year! Sorry I forgot to mention that!

    Bookmark   June 3, 2013 at 4:01PM
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ronnieshaw

Thanks valgor I good to hear that there is still some hope for my tree.

    Bookmark   June 3, 2013 at 4:08PM
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Tony(Zone 5. Omaha, Nebraska)

You can scratch the bark to see if it is still alive. Green is good.

Tony

    Bookmark   June 3, 2013 at 6:12PM
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ronnieshaw

Thanks Tony I did the scratch test and it is green. In the picture you can see it is on a mound, the area below is a dry creek bed. I was thinking with all the rain maybe it has "wet feet" and that and the cool temps are slowing the break in dormancy. Does anyone think that is a good theory?

    Bookmark   June 3, 2013 at 8:31PM
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mark_roeder(4B IA)

What do the leaf and flower buds look like? Are they swelled? It has been a late spring here, too. But you are no more than 2 weeks behind us, probably less. But your peach tree is 4 weeks behind us.

I would hope for the best and plan for the worst, i.e. I would be prepared to buy a new tree, now if I could. Probably too late to get one now, but you might check. Then you have two (or one if this one dies). A peach tree in a weakened condition, is not much good to you. And two are better than one.

    Bookmark   June 4, 2013 at 1:17AM
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olpea(zone 6 KS)

Based on the photo and all the greenery in the background, I would guess your peach tree is dead. Sometimes newly planted peach trees will be slow to leaf, but yours is an established tree. Sorry, but probably dead.

    Bookmark   June 4, 2013 at 10:25PM
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