Peach trees are notorious over producers. Meaning that they produce more fruit per branch then they can support. Florida Prince Peach trees (photos) are no exception.
Not thinning peach tree fruit can lead to several problems:
- The weight of excessive fruit can and will break off branches.
- The excess fruit may drain and weaken the tree leading to disease.
- The tree may be forced into alternative year fruiting.
- The crowded fruit will be smaller and may be less tasty.
- Therefore, it is important to thin the fruit.
What is thinning the fruit?
Thinning peach tree fruit simply means removing some of the developing fruit from the branches.
When do I thin the fruit?
Basically in spring. The earlier that you do this in the growing season the better.
How to thin the fruit?
- There are several ways to thin the fruit. For me, I first remove the smallest fruit, fused fruit or malformed fruit. I then remove additional developing fruit to the point where the remaining fruit on the branches have some space between them and are no longer touching each other.
- The goal is to have just a few fruit per branch or spur.
- I find that twisting/spinning the developing fruit is the least traumatic way to remove them.
- In a few months you will be ready to enjoy some awesome homegrown fruit.