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Foster peach harvest

Basket of peaches

I dropped by one set of foster peaches this past weekend to see how their pruning and thinning had done. Success! Actual ripe peaches.

Peach brown rot

Unfortunately, the taller limbs that I'd left in the interest of not pruning the tree too hard all at once (then hadn't thinned the fruits on since I couldn't reach them) were full of brown rot. I think I'll be brave and whack the top off the tree this winter, water sprouts or no water sprouts.

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My Dad was absolutely ruthless when pruning! He carried loppers on the lawn mower with him, and nipped constantly all summer long. He thinned so much you would think there never would be anything to pick. Of course, he had the biggest most beautiful fruit you've ever seen as the result. "Do you want to grow pits or peaches?" he would say. Meaning, more in number just means more energy goes to seed production with less fruit surrounding each pit. On pruning, "You can cut the limbs off yourself, or Mother Nature will break them off for you later on." Still, it is hard for me to cut on my little babies! Good luck.
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