Betty Nugent asked 12 years ago

My peach tree produces fine peaches each year but after maturing, they deteriorate very quickly. When and how should they be harvested? Thetree is now large and mature,growing about 2metres from a south facing wall. It is sprayed against peach leaf curl.I would also appreciate tips on pruning.

1 Answers

Gerry Daly Staff answered 3 years ago
Peaches need to be used quite soon after picking. Shop-bought peaches are picked when still hard and immature and they ripen later.

A free-standing peach is quite unusual and one that carries a cropo even more so. Peach is normally a greenhouse crop in this country. 

Pruning is necessary only to reduce size and can consist of pruning out some of the older shoots after picking and allowing new shoots to take their place.