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Name: Roy
Central Illinois (Zone 5b)
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Reartinetiller
Jun 21, 2015 1:59 PM CST
I've got peaches and necterine trees that are loaded with fruit. The problem is the fruit is starting to drop off the trees. Anyone got any ideas whats going on? Roy Thank You!
Name: Cindy
Hobart, IN zone 5
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Shadegardener
Jun 21, 2015 4:43 PM CST
I don't grow fruit trees but I've heard that one needs to thin the fruit. Have you checked into that?
Name: Rita
North Shore, Long Island, NY
Zone 6B
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Newyorkrita
Jun 21, 2015 5:12 PM CST
I agree Too much fruit for the tree to handle. Needs thinning.
Name: Jim D
East Central Indiana (Zone 5b)
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jimard8
Jun 21, 2015 6:47 PM CST
In my backyard this year , I call it wind, storms , too much water , and Hungry critters ,!!!
My Purple plums are a mess , My pears are few , My peaches and Red Plums (giant) are as of yet to determined ,,
apples look good so far , , always a positive , Smiling
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Name: Daniel Erdy
Catawba SC (Zone 7b)
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ediblelandscapingsc
Jun 22, 2015 9:01 PM CST
Like Jim said there are many things that can contribute to fruit drop from wind, storms, critters, and drought to things like overbearing or lack of pollination or not enough overlap between bloom times with compatible pollinating varieties. The key thing you said is the trees are loaded so I'd rule out pollination and place my money on overbearing. Fair warning if you don't thin your fruit and most of the fruit ripens you'll either fail to have a crop next year or it will be very minimal. Good luck and I hope this helps.
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