Sunday, March 22, 2015

Tips for Growing Peaches


I've been living in the fine state of Georgia for about two years, and of course I had to grow my own peaches.  For those of you who don't know, Georgia is the "Peach State."  The first year, I had no idea I even had peach trees in my backyard.  So I went out and bought one.  I planted it right next to the other peach trees, which at the time, I had no idea were peach trees.  When spring came, they all had pretty pink flowers on them.

Hmmmm, I thought.  Those look like the all the same flowers.  I must have three peach trees now!

Sure enough, the baby peaches started to form.  I was all excited about that.  I imagined making all kinds of delicious peach pies.  But then something horrible happened.  All the peaches fell off.  Yes.  Every single one of them.  I did not get one juicy peach.  So this year, I did a little research.  I'm not going to let that happen again!

So, today, I'm going to share with you what I've learned.

First of all, you can expect to lose 80% of the peaches on your tree.  It's mother nature's way of keeping only the good fruit.  But if you lose them all, something is wrong.  Here are the possible culprits:

1.  Inconsistent watering

2.  Too much shade

3.  Not enough pollinators (a problem with diminishing bee populations)

4.  Too cold - a frost can kill the young peaches

5.  Insects (like stink bugs) eating the fruit

6.  Insufficient nutrients

To solve the problem, make sure your trees are getting enough water.  You may have to water by hand if they're not.  Plant your trees in a sunny location.  Keep an eye out for insects.  You don't want to kill the pollinators, so spray insecticides only as a last resort.  Use fertilizer.  A 10-10-10 mix is ideal.  Apply 1/2 cup for new trees, and 1 - 5 pounds per year, for older trees.  Do not apply the fertilizer against the trunk.  Apply a foot away from the trunk so the roots can get to it.

I plan on trying the fertilizer this year.  Right now, the trees are in bloom, which means this is the time to do it.  I'll let you know if I get any good peaches this year.

I hope these tips help those of you who try to grow your own peaches!

23 comments:

  1. I've never seen a Peach tree, but I reckon it looks as lovely as apple or mandarin trees. Do you use the term "orchard" for a community of peach trees as well? I'd love to visit a peach tree farm when they're all flowering or having fruits. Now that's how visual poetry should look like.

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    1. I think it's more of a grove, but I'm not positive. I'm originally from Ohio. We don't grow too many peaches there. Peaches do look pretty on the trees.

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  2. We don't have a peach tree I'm afraid. We have a pear tree, but it's one of those that flowers only - no fruit.
    Hope you get some peaches this year.

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    1. My neighbor has a pear tree. I don't think she got any pears last year, but I heard that she did quite well a few years ago. Must've been a bad year for fruit last year.

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  3. I shall just each peach cobbler. Ray's mother makes a good one. Good luck with yours this year!

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  4. I have an orange tree that produces some of the best oranges. Rats love them too, so we have to trap them, then call the city to come dispose of them.

    Good luck with those peaches!

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    1. Eww! We had orange trees in Florida, but I don't remember having rats!

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  5. Hi Sherry - how disappointing on two fronts .. buying a tree you already had ... and then finding all the fruits dropped .. good luck for this year. We had a nectarine tree in South Africa - huge and massive amounts of fruits ... I miss them!! Cheers Hilary

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    1. I would love having a nectarine tree! Lucky you to have them in South Africa!

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  6. i hope it turns out better this year!

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  7. I hope you get to enjoy peaches this year. We had two peach trees when I was growing up and nothing beats the flavor of fresh peaches.

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    1. They're so much better than store bought!

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  8. I love a fresh juicy peach! Good luck on your peaches this year!

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    1. Thanks! I'm keeping my fingers crossed that we get some this year.

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  10. In southern England we can grow peach trees but one would be lucky to get any worthwhile fruit, except in a green house!
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    1. That's too bad. It's probably a little cold for peaches there.

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  11. Our old baseball announcer when I lived in Detroit was Ernie Harwell, one of the greatest of all time. They used to call him The Georgia Peach.

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    1. I'm guessing he was from Georgia.

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