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Question: We purchased a Patio peach tree a number of years ago. We brought it in this fall and kept it in the garage and for the first time I was so excited to see it is covered with pink blooms. Would it be OK to bring it up into the house to enjoy until it is warm enough to put outside. I don't want to hurt it in any way.. Do these blooms mean that we will get peaches on it. What type fo fertilizer should I use on it.
Thank you in advance for your help.

Answer: You might get peaches if the weather cooperates and the tree is overall healthy enough to carry the crop to maturity. Please do not bring it indoors. If you bring it indoors, the flowers will fade quickly and may drop prematurely because of the heated indoor air. The tree will be forced into premature growth, leaf out and become weak due to insufficient light indoors. Then you will have to reacclimate it to being outdoors. This process is stressful on the plant. I am not certain why your tree is already flowering, I hope the garage is not too warm. Try to keep it no warmer than 45 degrees and preferably a bit cooler -- but still above freezing. If it is trying to grow, you will need to give it as much light as you possibly can. Set it outside in sheltered spot on mild days but continue to protect it when the temperatures threaten to go below freezing. Freezing will damage tender new growth including blooms and newly forming fruit. You do not really want it to be growing until it can be outside. Since your tree is healthy enough to bloom, and you have had it several years, I would suggest you just continue to fertilize it as you have been doing already since it seems to be working just fine. You do not want to overfertilize as that is worse than no fertilizer at all, just read and follow your label directions. Good luck with those peaches!

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