Peach Trees

Thinning Peaches


Anonymous added on May 28, 2011 | Answered

My peach trees are loaded with peaches, but I am afraid as the peaches become fuller, the limbs might not hold the weight. Am I supposed to thin the peaches in clusters?


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Nikki
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Answered on May 29, 2011

Timely thinning of small to medium sized peaches significantly increases fruit size and helps maintain tree structure. However, if not thinned properly, peach trees may go biennial in their bearing habit. In addition, trees that are not thinned or are thinned too late (60 days after bloom) may fail to produce flower buds or fruiting wood the following year. In some cases, these trees will automatically drop a number of seemingly healthy fruits when overcrowded. Sometimes though it is necessary to do it on your own. Hand pick fruits as needed for continual growth of those remaining.

Here is an article that you may find helpful: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/edible/fruits/peach/peach-tree-care.htm

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