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  1. #1

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    Dwarf Peach Tree

    How can I keep the fruit from falling off prematurely on my dwarf peach tree ? It's about 5 yrs. old & has been producing fruit each year but before ripening (still green) a sap forms on the peaches and then the fruit fall off. Any advice ?

    Thanks.

  2. #2
    Sapling
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    RE: Dwarf Peach Tree

    Sounds a bit like some kind of insect is getting into the fruit. Sap can be a good indicator of insect infestation. Have you cut open any of the fallen fruit to see if there are any bugs in there? You might (if you haven't already) try spraying it with some kind of bug killer. There are types you can get for edible plants. You may have to do this several times throughout the growing season.

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    Oak
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    RE: Dwarf Peach Tree

    Standard pest management methods can be defined as repeated chemical applications, without any emphasis on understanding the insect species or the number of pests present on your tree.

    Try to find out specifically what type of pest is on your peach tree, before you start spraying chemicals. What if you happen to select the wrong product, or spray it when it is no longer effective? You have then wasted your time and money. Maybe a pest isn't the reason for the problem.

    Your tree could also be experiencing fruit drop, which can be caused by natural, environmental, or pest-related reasons.

    Take a sample of your fallen peaches into your local County Cooperative Extension agent and find out what is happening to them. I know this will take some extra time, but think about how great it will be next year when you start to harvest big ripe juicy peaches.

    To find your local County Cooperative Extension Agent, please click on this link:

    http://www.csrees.usda.gov/Extension/index.html

    Here is a fact sheet from the Iowa State Cooperative Extension about the different reasons for fruit drop.

    http://www.ipm.iastate.edu/ipm/hortn...995/fdrop.html
    Sincerely, Robert
    Lincoln, NE (Zone 5)

    Even if I knew that tomorrow the world would go to pieces, I would still plant my apple tree.
    - Martin Luther (1483-1546)

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