Peach Tree problems

Asked July 15, 2019, 3:27 PM EDT

I have two 3 year old peach trees that we planted on our lot in Dover. We did not treat them as we were hoping for organically wonderful fruit. The vegetables on our lot do fantastic with little to no treating. Please advise what I can do to rectify my trees going forward. And any help on fruit tree care in our area in general would be appreciated. Than you so much, Sharon Gump

New Castle County Delaware stone fruit peaches fruit trees

3 Responses

Hello,

In our coastal climate, it is almost impossible to grow fruit trees and obtain a good harvest of fruit without a management and spray program. There are resistant varieties of fruit trees (for certain disease-causing pathogens) and that is a good place to start. Proper pruning and weed control is the next step. Those practices increase air circulation and reduce populations of insects that can carry disease. As small fruit develop, some must be thinned or pulled of, so that the remaining ones get to a good size. Clean up of fallen fruit in the fall can help too. We put together a fact sheet a few years ago that may be of help.

Thank you for contacting Cooperative Extension,

Nancy

Thank you for your information it was very helpful. Can you suggest a treatment product?

Hello,

Products vary depending on whether you have disease or insects, or both. A good general one is Bonide Fruit Tree and Plant Guard containing pyraclostrobin and boscalid along with an insecticide. Be careful not to spray when bees are active, so spray at dusk. Take a look at the fact sheet and plan for next year too.

Nancy