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Bruce Woodford
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Hi Y'all,

4 or 5 years ago I discovered a sprouting peach pit from compost in my garden. I transplanted it and cared for it in the garden and then planted it in the yard by some apple trees. I've composted it and watered it and it has grown really well and last summer was over 8' tall and I pruned it back a bit. This spring it blossomed for the very first time and (in my inexperienced opinion) quite prolifically.) I wondered how well it would pollinate with no other peach trees around but it is now growing an abundance of peaches. (I've counted more than 20 on 1 branch alone!) I have not sprayed it at all and don't know what to spray for, what organic products to use or if it is already too late!

Any advice for a guy who knows nothing about growing peaches?

Will appreciate any suggestions from experienced peach growers.
Thanks in advance!
 
Bill Erickson
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No need to spray anything, Bruce. Put some compost/mulch around the drip line and water it regularly. Even watering is one of the keys to fruits that don't split. If the sky is doing a regular job of watering every couple of days, then all is well. If it isn't, peaches do like that water.
 
wayne fajkus
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You may consider thinning out the fruit. It should allow the rest to grow bigger. Please post results when ripe. I'm curious , considering it's likely from a grafted tree.
 
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Ditto what Wayne said.

Thin aggressively, or you will not get any fruit of decent size. 

My rule of thumb is, literally, the gap between my thumb and my pinky finger.  Spread your hand out like a Hawaiian "Hang Loose" sign.  That's the distance between fruit.  Thin everything else out so that the fruit is about 8 inches apart.  You may only get 2 fruit per branch, but what you get will be good-sized.  Noobies ALWAYS think they've thinned enough, but they haven't.  It seems so wasteful to just pick those little peaches off and drop them to the ground.  Do it.  Thin ruthlessly.  Then thin it one more time, because you didn't do it enough.

Bird netting is helpful, as the birds will quickly discover the ripe peaches before you get a chance to pick them.

Stone fruit tends to jump in size about 20% the last two weeks before picking if you continue to water the tree, so make sure you are giving the tree consistent (and generous) water right up to the point where you pick.

Is there anything better than a bowl of freshly sliced peaches with a little sugar sprinkled in.  That's the taste of summer, right there.  Or halve them, drizzle a little bit of honey and cinnamon on the cut side, and grill them for about 5 minutes over a hot fire.  If you've got some fresh mint, a little bit of finely chopped mint is nice sprinkled over the grilled fruit after it comes off the fire, and then serve it with big scoop of quality vanilla ice cream. 

Let me know when they are ripe, and I'll be right over.
 
Bruce Woodford
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Thanks so much for all the helpful advice Bill, Wayne and Marco!  I wondered about thinning, so now I know what I need to do. I'll try to ad some pics and will keep you posted.
 
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