How do I get my peach tree to grow larger peaches? - Knowledgebase Question

Phoenix, Ar
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Question by kahietala
June 30, 2010
My peach tree produces golf ball size peaches. How do I get the tree to grow the peaches larger. My peach tree is in AZ and other peach trees seem to do fine in the area.

Answer from NGA
June 30, 2010
Fruit trees set far more fruit than they can carry to maturity. Often trees will go through "fruit drop" a natural thinning process, but it usually isn't sufficient. To improve ultimate size, thin deciduous trees (apple, apricot, peach, pear) to 6-inch spacing between fruit, usually in March in the Phoenix area. Watering and fertilizing is also essential. Water-stressed trees during fruit development won't produce a good crop. Feed in February with nitrogen just as trees begin to leaf out. Water deeply through the root zone with each application, about 3 feet deep for mature trees, slightly less for new transplants. Use a soil probe (any long, pointed piece of metal to poke into the soil) to check how far water has penetrated. The probe moves easily through moist soil, but stops when it hits hard dry soil. Hope this info helps!

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