peach with two much chill

john222-gg(Mississippi 8a/8b)September 11, 2012

Hi all

I am an old man that knew nothing about Fruit trees.Thought it would be nice to have some fruit trees when I retired.So I went down to the co-op and bought fruit trees 6 years before I retired.Planted all and started learning.The co-op did not mention chill hours now my trees are about 5 or 6 years old the peaches seemed like they were struggling.When I started looking I found out they were trees with high chill requirement.I have Red haven,Bell of Georgia,and Hale haven.Where I live we only get between 4 & 6 hundred chill hours.Now the main question is can I graft low chill on high chill trees???? pleas help thanks.

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ken_adrian Adrian MI cold Z5

there are many questions like this in the fruit forum ...

and those peeps are a closed group who do.. frankly.. weird things to fruit trees.. lol .. [what i mean.. is that i never see these experts in this or the tree forum]

you might want to ask this there...

i am going to bet.. the understock MIGHT be an issue .. but i am a tree guy.. not a fruit nut ... and i doubt you will be able to ID the understock ...

most of the peeps there.. mail order very specific cultivars.. just to avoid the issues you are having problems with ...

if you were to mail order GOOD STOCK.. you might have peaches in 2 or 3 years ... if you mess with grafting.. you might extend that 5 years.. only to find out.. you have rootstock issues ...

which is why i might suggest.. you suck it up.. and start over with some new trees .. and dont get me wrong ... play with these if you have the room.. but get some good ones.. so you can enjoy some fruit in this decade ...

ken

    Bookmark   September 12, 2012 at 7:20AM
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calistoga_al

You have available in your county a university extension service, at least partly paid for with your taxes. Look in your phone book under county offices. They know what your growing conditions are and are eager to help you. Al

    Bookmark   September 12, 2012 at 7:49AM
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john222-gg(Mississippi 8a/8b)

Thanks KEN and Calistoga

To start my county agents office is less than 1 mile from my house.Have been several times for different problems no help.After seeing what was said I think i am going to buy some new trees.Leave old trees get new trees to growing then try grafting.I apreshate the info.

    Bookmark   September 13, 2012 at 5:34PM
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