Peach Fruit Excess
We may see peach fruit on the Front Range in perhaps only 1 year out of 5, it’s understandable that people want to leave it all on the tree in those bearing years. But when the fruit is small in June, thinning to 6 inches between the growing fruit will reduce chances of limbs breaking and result in larger and sweeter fruit.
When limbs break, the only recommended action is to use a pruning saw to make a smooth cut at the site of the jagged tear. Also take the opportunity to review peach tree pruning practices. Peaches only bear on one-year-old wood so people should remove branches that bore fruit this year. Thin, reddish-colored young branches that grew this year are the ones primed with buds to bear next year’s fruit.
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Updated Friday, April 19, 2013