The Q&A Archives: Large Tree Small Fruit

Question: Two years ago I purchased what I thought was a dwarft red haven peach tree,this tree has grown to the height of 12 feet,tree has fair amount of fruit but fruit is real small doesn't seem to grow,the tree has great new growth,could this be problem with small fruit,what can or should be done to this tree so I'll get good fruit.

Answer: There may be several contributing reasons for this, including that a young tree will not bear as well as an older more established tree, the tree should still be in training for its ultimate structure, size and shape, the tree may have some nutritional deficiencies (or an excess of notrogen) and the fruits should be thinned to a minimum of six inches apart. In addition to correct care such as pruning, spraying and a bit of a wait, you might also take soil and/or leaf samples to your county extension (862-5995) for nutrient analysis. Also be sure the fruits are thinned. Ten inches apart will provide larger peaches than the six inch spacing. Finally, adequate water is necessary for maximum fruit size, so make sure the tree does not suffer from drought stess.

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