Top of The Crops - Peach

One of my most favourite memories is of making peach honey.
Peaches under glass flower as early as February.
The blossom covers the plant so if you can get a hive of bees nearby the bees will work the blossom – there’s nothing else in flower at that time of year and you will be able to extract peach honey which not only smells of peach blossom but tastes of peaches.
Usually peaches are grafted onto plum stock.

Planting:

Plant in dormant season i.e. late autumn.
Start a young tree in 15-20cm diameter pot.
Use a loam based compost.

Pruning:

Peaches fruit on young wood formed in the previous year.
When pruning to produce new wood make sure you prune to a growth bud rather than a fruit bud – the fruit bud is much ‘fatter’.
Prune peaches in spring to avoid infection from silver leaf disease.

Aftercare

Feed containers with liquid feed during the growing season.
Re-pot every other year.

Fruit Thinning

Very important to avoid stressing the tree.
Thin fruit to 15cm apart on the branches.

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