[NAFEX] More Peaches Drop

Dylan Ford dford at suffolk.lib.ny.us
Mon Jun 9 06:55:17 EDT 2003

        I know pit-grown peaches are sort of a fool's gamble, but I can't
seem to not try it when they sprout in the compost. I find any home-raised
peach is better than any supermarket peach. Unfortunately I don't really
possess the expertise to go it without chemicals, so I find myself always in
a bind. I like to raise fruit, using poisons spoil it for me, and it is very
difficult to do it successfully without.
        The seedling in question is six feet tall and perhaps four feet
around, so I thought it might be ready this year.    dylan
----- Original Message -----
From: "Don Yellman" <dyellman at earthlink.net>
To: <nafex at lists.ibiblio.org>
Sent: Monday, June 09, 2003 12:00 AM
Subject: [NAFEX] More Peaches Drop

> Dylan:
> It did not occur to me that you might be talking about very young peach
> trees, perhaps having set their first crops of peaches.  If that is the
> case, fruit drop at a very early stage is normal.  The trees will start
> to hold their fruit when they are ready to do so, and you will easily
> notice the difference, since they begin to grow very quickly.  That is
> also when you should start to thin so that the peaches can reach their
> design size and quality, rather than wait for natural drop.  Whether
> seedling trees will produce really good peaches is a tossup, although I
> have a tree that grew from a Lovell rootstock that does produce
> excellent peaches.
> If you decline to utilize 'cides of any kind, you may have some
> interesting encounters with the oriental fruit moth.  This insect is
> hard enough to keep off the peaches even when using available chemical
> assistance.  OFM is my least favorite insect.
> Don Yellman, Great Falls, VA
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