4 Peach Tree Care Tips
Peach trees are great trees to have and grow in your own back yard. You should never just plant one peach tree. Planting two peach trees together will give you a nicer crop of peaches and healthier trees. Take care of your peach trees and they will produce delicious, meaty and juicy peaches to enjoy season after season. Here are a few tips to make sure you have forever producing peach trees!
Tip # 1 - Keep Your Peach Tree Soil well Balanced
Soil type and quality is particularly important in the care and overall success of your peach tree. Plant your peach tree in a nice sandy or clay based soil. Peach trees need great drainage. Poor drainage and stagnant water will kill the roots of your peach tree. Lastly, the pH of the soil should ideally be in and around 6.5. Use a compost mix on your peach tree at least once a year. This will give your peach tree the necessary nutrients it needs to thrive.
Tip # 2 - Expose Your Peach Tree to Lots of Sun
Plant your peach trees in an area that receives ample sunlight. Peach trees grow best in full sun, rather than partial or fully shaded areas. Peaches thrive in areas where they can soak up as much sunshine as possible. Don't plant tall towering trees or bushes need your Peach Tree. Keep it free from any vegetation that will cast a shadow.
Tip # 3 - Prune Your Peach Tree Regularly
Right after you plant your fruit tree, make sure you get out the pruning tools and prune the peach tree to no more than 30 inches in height. During your pruning process, cut all side branches. Leave only one spring in the middle of the tree.
In the first year or season of your Peach tree, remove any dead limbs. Take off any part of your tree that looks like it bears or is developing disease. This is especially important because disease will spread to the other parts of the tree if care is not taken. Remove any low hanging limbs to promote growth.
Each year thereafter, develop a systematic approach to pruning your tree. Begin to train (prune) the tree into a specific shape and size.
Tip # 4 - Thin Your Peach Tree to Enjoy Large Plump Peaches
It is always nice to enjoy large, juicy peaches. Larger fruit is grown by thinning the peach tree. As peaches start to develop, remove excess peaches by hand. Peaches should be growing in an even pattern around the tree. Avoid overcrowding. The tree can only support so many pieces of fruit. Too many peaches will create a small, unhealthy peach crop. The nicer the weather and the longer the summer, the more thinning you will need to do. Thin your trees 5 to 6 weeks after bloom or when a peach is no larger than the size of a quarter.