Peach Trees

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  1. First Year Growing Peach Trees (Zone 4)
  2. What is the best time of the year to transplant a peach tree?
  3. Sick Peach Tree
  4. Peach Tree Care
  5. peach tree
  6. spray peach trees
  7. care for my peaches
Asked by cornpatchguy on October 26, 2011
First Year Growing Peach Trees (Zone 4)

I want to first say thank you for the info on dormant spray on new peach trees yesterday. These two trees might be 3-year nursery stock. Not sure how fast they grow, but they’re a little over 6 ft. tall and branches everywhere. What I don’t understand is none of the existing branches produced any growth, only produced all new branches with lots of new leaves. I don’t know if this common for newly planted peach trees from a nursery. I hope this doesn’t happen every year, seems to me it would never get any bigger or produce fruit. What are you suppose to do with the original branches that never produced anything? I have not mentioned anything to the nursery so far. Can you post pictures of your plants in question here?

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Heather
Certified GKH Gardening Expert

I would say that it is not unsurprising that you saw this growth pattern this year. By next year, they trees should have settled in and will produce a more normal growth pattern. You will likely need to do a little pruning though, to keep them in tip-top fruiting form. This article will help:
http://pubs.ext.vt.edu/422/422-020/422-020.html

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Asked by Anonymous on October 31, 2011
What Is the Best Time of the Year to Transplant a Peach Tree?

What is the best time of the year to transplant a peach tree?

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Nikki
Certified GKH Gardening Expert

Typically, transplanting should be done in spring (April), preferably before leaf buds have started turning green. In areas that have cool winters, it is done anytime when the tree is dormant. If the tree has new buds on it, it is best to wait until the following year. Since all of the fruiting and leaf buds are formed on the previous year's wood (growth), transplant peach trees before the fruiting bud shows any pink.

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If the tree to be planted is in a pot it could be transplanted any time the ground can be dug. If it is extremely cold, I would wait to warmer days. If the tree is not transplanted, I would protect the pot or rootball on extremely cold days.

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Asked by bmom on January 12, 2012
Sick Peach Tree

I have a peach tree that has curly leaves and it releases a sticky liquid that when it dries become harder. It doesn’t look healthy at all, and I heard about applying copper to treat it. Is that true? Is it organic? What can I do? I want to keep my trees and garden chemical free. Please help. Thank you.

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Heather
Certified GKH Gardening Expert

Your trees have a disease called peach leaf curl. It is a fungus and, yes, copper fungicides will treat it. I also suspect that it may have peach borers. Pests are often attracted to plants that are already sick, so this would make sense.

Most copper fungicides are considered organic and are effective against peach curl when regularly applied, but, because I suspect a pest problem as well, I would recommend a spray called neem oil. It is organic, safe for people and pets and is both a pesticide and a fungicide. It will treat both the peach curl and the peach borers.

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Asked by FARMNURSE on January 17, 2012
Peach Tree Care

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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Heather
Certified GKH Gardening Expert

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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Asked by rebeca c on January 24, 2012
Peach Tree

Why does my peach tree have something like gel or honey on the bark?

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Nikki
Certified GKH Gardening Expert

The gel is often a sign of peach borer. It may be dripping from the borer wounds. This article will help: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/edible/fruits/peach/peach-tree-borer.htm

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Asked by joeand dee on February 3, 2012
Spray Peach Trees

What is the name of a product to spray peach trees before the growing season to help with brown rot or spots and leaf curl or disease control before the trees put on their buds?

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Nikki
Certified GKH Gardening Expert

Dormant sprays should actually be started in winter. Use dormant sprays before green tissue shows in spring buds. Use on days when the air temperature is above freezing. Use a Superior Oil spray for the first dormant spray application in mid- to late winter. Three weeks later make a second application of Superior Oil or Liquid Lime Sulfur.

When spraying trees to control peach borer pests, choose those with lindane endosufan or chlorpyrifos. Sprays should be mixed according to label instructions. They should also be applied so that it runs down the trunk and soaks into the ground around the base. Try not to spray on foliage or any fruit that may still be on the tree. The best time to spray trees is within the first or second week of July and again in late August or September.

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Asked by alphapeach on February 4, 2012
Care for My Peaches

I need names of some of the herbcides and pesticides I can buy and look for to keep the diseases off my peaches. Please give me something to use. Thank you.

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Nikki
Certified GKH Gardening Expert

I personally like neem oil, as it is both a fungicide and a pesticide and is organic and safe for food. Here is more information: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/plant-problems/pests/pesticides/neem-oil-uses.htm

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