Tuesday, 11 March 2014
My little peach tree
Isn't it lovely, the blossoms are far, far brighter in real life than the photograph suggests. Now because the peach tree blossoms are pretty much the first of the year & the tree needs to be kept under cover during the winter due to the dreaded peach leaf curl, it needs a little help in the fertilizing department.
My peach tree is kept in the greenhouse, at this time of year there is little in the way of flying insects even more so under glass. Do you see my little ear bud? Every couple of days I dab the centre of each blossom, well maybe not each as it is covered with peach blossoms! This way the pollen can be distributed between each blossom helping to ensure juicy peaches later on in the summer.
When the peaches start to form you need to cull them drastically, an almost heart breaking past time I find! The promise of lots of juicy peaches wrenched away as you pull each baby peach off. If you don't cull drastically you will be left with lots of tiny peaches which wont ripen, so really it is a waste of time in growing your own peach tree if you don't remove most of the baby peaches. The ideal spacing is approx 5cm between each peach, obviously the more space given the larger your peaches will be. I removed close on fifty baby peaches last year!
Anyway there you are, my little peach tree, I say little it is now about 5ft & is the dwarf variety Bonanza. Last year I think we had twelve peaches off it, not as large as the ones you can buy but I'm not bothered by that,, I'm growing for me not the local supermarket.
Enjoy your day