Planting and Growing Peaches Trees


The ideal time for planting peach trees is in spring, but remember that flowers and buds should always be protected from early and late frost. Plant the trees in full sun, because a shady place would be damaging for them. If you have the possibility, planting should be done at elevation for benefic aeration.

Peach trees usually come in plastic cans that do nor retain moisture, so make sure you offer proper hydration and water them after you buy them.

After you have decided upon the place of planting, you must dig a hole. A healthy peach tree has a broad root system, so you have to provide it enough space to take up nutrients and fix itself on the soil. Consequently, the hole should be about 3 feet in diameter and 3 feet deep. Feel free to take several days to dig the hole.

Use a hex shaft digging bar to loosen up the soil and remove any rocks. Like any fruit tree, peach trees like acid soil. Throw a couple of shovels of manure in the bottom of the hole. Mix equal parts of sifted natural soil, store bought top soil and compost.

After the hole is prepared, use a knife, scissors, or clippers to cut the plastic can down opposite sides and fold the plastic down. Grab the bottom of the trunk and the bottom of the root ball and move the peach tree into the hole. Make sure the top of the plant dirt is at the same level with the top of the hole. Use the soil mix to fill in the sides. With gentile movements tamp the soil down and add more top soil, then compost. Fully water the soil and in case it subsides, you can put more top soil and compost again.

A useful way to concentrate water at the tree is to build a berm border around it with a diameter of 6 feet. Still, the peach tree should not stay in water, because constant saturation can lead to fungal infection.
In order to prevent breaking in the wind, place a stake as big as the trunk of larger. Do not forget to purchase some fruit tree food because this is vital for a harmonious growing.

Unfortunately, peach trees are highly predisposed to plant disease while insects can also damage them. To prevent this from happening, spray trees regularly. The offer is varied for these kinds of sprays. For example, to kill the insects you can use a dormant oil fruit tree spray.

Brown rot is the most frequent plant disease in peach trees. The flowers get a fungus and die, while 1″ – 3″ wounds open up on the wood. The fruit rots because it was contaminated with spores from this and dead material. Remove all diseased fruits in order to stop brown rot. The contaminated fruit has brown spots enlarging to a bruise. In fall, remove any dead wood and dried dead fruit. Before the fruit ripens, spray fungicide (for peaches) with thiophanate methyl, captan, or azoxystrobin.

If you encounter problems with birds, buy black netting for fruit trees and cover the peach tree. It is advisable to let all the fruit on the tree in the beginning. Thinning small peaches makes other peaches grow bigger, so thin accordingly. Pruning is recommended in dense, bushy areas. You should also remove smaller new growth so that the lager mature ones have enough room, but try to let new growth filling up larger spacing between branches.

Good luck!