This is the first year that I planted a peach tree. There are many peaches but they are not getting soft. I tried picking a few and putting them on the counter to see if they would soften but instead they turn rotten. When do you know when to pick the peaches? Others on the tree stay hard and they rot.
When Do You Pick Peaches
Certified GKH Gardening Expert
Deciding when to harvest peaches is a matter of personal preference. While most people prefer tree-ripened fruit, but fruit at this stage has an extremely short shelf life. Therefore, it may be better to pick the fruit two to four days before it is fully ripe. Here are some things to look for when harvesting peaches: When the fruit is easily pulled off the twigs then it is probably ripe. You should feel a certain amount of movement when you press in to the flesh of the peach with your fingers. When peaches change from green to an orange tint, they are nearly ripe. Ripe peaches will give off a pleasant, peachy smell.