Peach Trees
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peach tree

Zone newport north carolina | Bowlking added on December 26, 2016 | Answered

I have a 4 year old peach tree that seems to be growing well. It produces a lot of fruit, but they are the size of golf balls and will not get any bigger. What am I doing wrong? I tried pruning it back in the fall and I tried thinning them out when they first started budding, but nothing seems to work. They grow fine but never get bigger than a golf ball. Can you please help me, or is it a lost cause? Thank you very much in advance.

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Alisma
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Answered on December 27, 2016

Thinning is the critical step to prevent this problem:
https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/edible/fruits/peach/peach-tree-thinning.htm
http://www.clemson.edu/extension/peach/faq/when_can_peach_thinning_be_done_and_how_when_is_the_best_time_and_why_are_there_any_potential_problems.html

If you are already thinning enough and at the right time, then it could be a problem with watering, fertilizer, or disease. Check carefully for any signs of insect or other infestation. See these articles for advice on peach watering and fertilization:
https://extension.missouri.edu/p/G6030
http://homeorchard.ucanr.edu/Fruits_&_Nuts/Peach/

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