SWEEETER FRUITS - Knowledgebase Question

los angeles, Ca
Question by star11299
July 8, 2008
HI!MY NAME IS HORTENCIA AND I ENJOY GARDENING .MY QUESTION IS HOW MUCH WATER DOES A TREE NEED WHEN IT HAS FRUITS GROWING ON IT?FOR THE PAST THREE YEARS I HAVE DONE THE WATERING EVERY FOURTH DAY.BUT MY FRUITS ARE NOT VERY SWEET .DO I NEED TO ADD DIFFERENT TYPES OF FERTILIZER ON IT?I HAVE A PEACH TREE AND A NECTORIN,GUALLAVA TREE AND ALSO A PLUM TREE.MY LAST QUESTION IS WHY DO MY FRUITS RIPE WHEN THEY ARE VERY SMALL IN SIZE?


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Answer from NGA
July 8, 2008

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The sweetness of fruits has a lot to do with their variety, with the weather, with their degree of ripeness, and with the amount of water they receive. Deep watering every 4-7 days during the summertime should be sufficient for your fruit trees. If your trees are producing lots of small fruits, you can do some thinning in the spring to reduce the numbers of fruits your tree will produce. This will result in fewer, but larger and sweeter fruits. For instance, if you remove half of the fruits in each cluster, you'll have better fruit. Next spring give it a try on your peach, plum and nectarine trees. I think you'll notice the difference. Sounds as though you are watering enough and you can't change the weather, so the best you can do is concentrate on thinning the fruits just as they begin forming in the spring.

Hope you have a wonderful harvest!

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