Peach tree has fallen but trunk still stands

serkhab(9)August 25, 2012


I just moved in to a new house 2 months ago and there was nice big peach tree, full of peaches, but after a few weeks of living here half of the tree fell and a week after that a friend was up in the tree picking peaches and the other half fell. However, part of the trunk is still there it stands about 5 feet high, and I was wondering if there is a chance that from the trunk the peach tree will re-grow or should I just buy a new peach tree. The peaches from this tree were very sweet so if anyone knows of any tips to help this one grow back it would be much appreciated. Thanks in advance to any who reply.

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Konrad___far_north(3..just outside of Edmonton)

If it was me,...cut limbs clean on the trunk, paint with Doc Farwell's heal and seal, possibly next spring it will push out new branches along the trunk.

    Bookmark   August 26, 2012 at 1:19AM
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alan haigh

On a peach you shouldn't cut anything off if you want to have hope of regeneration- which is highly unlikely if there are now no leaves on the tree. If there is any hope it will probably send out some new growth in the next few weeks, but peaches don't reliably send out new buds from old wood.

Peach trees have a short lifespan compared to other fruit trees- some varieties shorter than others and soil type and climate also factor in but it sounds like this peach tree was on last legs and its time to plant another.

    Bookmark   August 26, 2012 at 5:51AM
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milehighgirl(CO USDA 5B/Sunset 2B)

I wish I could remember who wrote about peach trees being more like tomato plants. He said something to the effect that you can't plant a peach tree and expect to pick the fruit with your grandchildren.

    Bookmark   August 26, 2012 at 2:20PM
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alan haigh

Guess that would depend on the age of your children when you plant the tree. I've been feeding my grandson my peaches this weekend.

    Bookmark   August 26, 2012 at 2:47PM
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milehighgirl(CO USDA 5B/Sunset 2B)


Yeah, after I posted that I thought someone would call me on it:)

    Bookmark   August 26, 2012 at 3:23PM
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alan haigh

I have a 25 year old Madison peach that is going as strong as ever- lots of vigorous shoots capable of producing very large peaches. I think in the home orchard certain varieties on certain sites can be productive for at least 50 years here in the northeast.

    Bookmark   August 26, 2012 at 4:54PM
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milehighgirl(CO USDA 5B/Sunset 2B)


Can you post a picture?

    Bookmark   August 26, 2012 at 6:52PM
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You can use the trunk as a rootstock to propagate another peach tree. it is faster than just planting one. One of my fig trees was useless because it's figs never ripen and fall down prematurely. I cut all the branches except a foot of the branches and 4 feet trunk and propagated buds of one of my stars fig trees on it. I am happy it worked and produced sweet eatable figs, I am not an expert and if I can do it ant body can,

    Bookmark   August 27, 2012 at 1:47AM
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