|newly planted small peach tree has approx 45 peaches. Should I remove some?|
|There will be a natural fruit drop next month (peach trees always set more fruit than they can possibly develop). If they don't drop when they are about an inch in diameter you can selectively thin them. It takes 40 leaves per fruit for the tree to grow and remain healthy, with enough energy left over to develop the fruit. I don't expect you to count the leaves, but this will give you an idea of what it takes! In general, peaches should be thinned to an average spacing of one peach to every 6 to 8 inches of fruiting wood. While you will get fewer peaches, those that do mature will be much larger and more flavorful. Enjoy your harvest!