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2nd year trees - leave blooms

Posted by mdchambe 5 (My Page) on
Tue, May 7, 13 at 16:04

Hi everyone,

I posted a while back getting some information about pruning the trees we plants as whips just last spring.

Given how little growth most of our trees put on I wasn't expecting blooms this year. However, the two peach trees and a plum tree each have a few blooms on them.

The trees are still quite small. Should I drop the blooms so the trees focus more on root development/growth or just let the blooms go?

I've included a picture of one of the peach trees so you can get an idea of its size.

Thanks, and happy spring!

This post was edited by mdchambe on Tue, May 7, 13 at 17:07

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RE: 2nd year trees - leave blooms

They'll probably fall off themselves. Young trees do that. Mrs. G

RE: 2nd year trees - leave blooms

  • Posted by campv Arizona (My Page) on
    Tue, May 7, 13 at 19:23

Mrs G is right let nature take its course. A strong wind will more than likely take care of the bloom.

RE: 2nd year trees - leave blooms

Thank you both for your help. That's what I'll do!

RE: 2nd year trees - leave blooms

My 2nd year Japanese plum bloomed this year and I can see now that the would-be fruitlets are turning yellow and falling off. I expect it.

For peach, last year, my 2nd year peach bloomed. I let two peaches grew and harvested them. If you can wait, you can pick off the flowers or fruitlets and let the tree establish itself. I couldn't wait!!!

Your cage is very impressive!!!

RE: 2nd year trees - leave blooms

Thanks for the cage comment! I know we probably went a bit overboard, but oh well. This winter we wrapped the trunks in white cloth, put 2 foot tall small diameter cages around the trunks, and had the 6 foot diameter 6 foot tall cages. We figured that ought to cover sunscald, rabbits, and deer!

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