Peach Trees

Peach Tree Care

Zone 5A | FARMNURSE added on January 16, 2012 | Answered

We have grown peach trees several times. The trees grow for approx. 5 years, then bear fruit the next year. The year they bear fruit, peach tree looks very healthy. However, by next spring peach tree has died. What gives?

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Answered on January 18, 2012

It is hard to say exactly what the problem is. But... Based on your information, I would suspect nematodes. They would attack the roots and would kill the tree over time, and with the extra added stress of fruiting, it could be enough to push them over the edge. The only way to diagnose nematodes is to have your soil specifically tested for this. You would need to ask your local extension service if they can test for it or where they would recommend that you test for it in your area.

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