Trees and Shrubs forum: My large peach tree won't fruit or blossom

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Rockgardengurl
May 4, 2018 4:47 PM CST
Hello y'all, I have just realized that I own a peach tree in my backyard. It has never blossomed or given any fruit. I've lived in this house (near Austin, TX) about 5 years. The leaves are yellowish and I compared them to a local nursery in town last week. It's definitely a peach tree because I saw old peach seeds near the base, too. Anyway, I asked a gardener at the nursery what to do or give it and showed him a pic, unfortunately he said it won't give me fruit this year and that fertilizer wouldn't be good to give it. Is this good information? He just said to give it compost. Does anyone have any suggestions for me?
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crawgarden
May 4, 2018 4:51 PM CST
Peach trees need a minimum number of chill hours.

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Frillylily
May 25, 2018 8:27 PM CST
I don't know alot about peach trees, but if your tree does not have a 'winter' it will not do well. Also, not enough nutrients will cause the leaves to be pale, as will sitting in soggy soil. The best thing in my opinion is to water it with some manure tea. (google that if you need to find out the details). Also make sure your tree is not planted too deep-usually no mulch around the base at the trunk. The tree should be planted so that the soil is in line with where the first roots come out at the base of the trunk. Just under the soil line. Many fruit trees will not have fruit if they do not have a pollinator-another peach that has to bloom at the same time so the bees can pollinate it. Also if the tree blooms and the blooms are frozen off-late spring freeze = no fruit. If you have a master gardener program in your area or a conservation dept that would be a good place to start to diagnose the tree further.
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fwmosher
Jun 14, 2018 9:55 AM CST
Rockgardengurl: Most peach trees are self-pollinating, however, the suggestion about winter chill hours needed, is important. I am assuming that your tree has full foliage? The surrounding vegetation/trees are not robbing your peach tree of sunlight that it had before in previous years?

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