peach trees

Asked July 19, 2015, 5:37 PM EDT

Our peach trees have a few bunches of leaves and then none on most of the rest of the tree. Some branches have a split in the wood with the bark peeled back. Should those branches be cut off? Also our trees are older and how long do peach trees produce? I planted the pits probably 20 years ago and up until the past few years we have gotten peaches. Last year the tree only produced 5 large peaches. Is there any hope?

Arapahoe County Colorado trees and shrubs

1 Response

Fruit trees were one of the plant varieties that were hit hard by the unseasonal freeze in November 2104. Older trees do not produce as much fruit. This year's crop of blossoms and fruit set may have also been negatively affected by the Mother's Day freeze in 2105. Your tree's inability to produce fruit in recent years may be due to under-, or over-fertilization, especially for trees located in a lawn area, change in pollination, or pollinators, and/or a pest or disease. Please see the attached Planttalk Script on peach trees for more information: http://www.ext.colostate.edu/ptlk/1204.html.. You may wish tconsult a qualified arborist for an exact diagnosis.