The Q&A Archives: First Fruit On Peach Trees

Question: I have a peach tree that I planted 3 years ago.... This is the first year that it has started to produce fruit. I've seen information suggesting the following actions:
1) remove all fruit
2) remove all but 1 fruit from each cluster to promote size
3) do nothing.

What should I do???

Answer: Fruit trees often produce more fruit than they can support and often go through a natural thinning process, dropping some of the fruits while they're still very small. You can do nothing and allow the tree to thin itself, or you can remove all but the largest fruit in each cluster to help the tree direct its energy into maturing fewer fruit. This generally results in larger, better tasting fruit.

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