Peach Trees

Peach Tree Dilemma


peachykeen added on July 8, 2011 | Answered

I have 3 Elberta peach trees. Why is the fruit not much larger than an apricot? The peaches are ripening irregularly, in that they are a beautiful blush on the sun side but still too green to eat on the underneath side. I just arrived home from work to discover a major bough has snapped under the weight of the fruit. Can I harvest the fruit unripe as it is and ripen it off the tree? Other boughs are looking pretty strained too. The tree is otherwise healthy. I have been spraying with neem oil to "organically" keep bugs at bay, but the majority of fruit have some kind of little worm in them. What to do about that next season?


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Heather
Certified GKH Gardening Expert
Answered on July 11, 2011

As for the pests, the best thing is to start spraying earlier. Many of there pests get on the tree when the flowers appear, so it is best to start then. This article will help with the spray schedual:
http://ag.udel.edu/extension/horticulture/pdf/hg/hg-22.pdf

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Heather
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Answered on July 11, 2011

Peach trees need to be thinned in order to produce large, juicy fruit. This article will explain how to thin trees for next year:
https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/edible/fruits/peach/peach-tree-thinning.htm

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