not so peachy
HAVE a mature peach tree that produces heaps of fruit but the stones
split open and the fruit gets earwigs and other insects inside.
Is this normal with some peaches and is it correctable?
most likely cause is lack of sufficient moisture in the soil when
the fruit is maturing. This time of year, while there's plenty of
water in the soil, it's a great time to apply mulch, which will
help conserve soil moisture later in summer.
Ideally, apply the mulch
over the whole root system of the tree, at least 10cm deep and going
out at least as far as the branches spread if practicable. You can
use compost, granulated bark, wood chips or anything organic as
In summer, as the fruit
is swelling, you may also have to water once or twice a week if
there's no rain. Allow the water to soak slowly down through the
mulch into the top 30-40cm of soil, particularly in the area close
to and beyond the ends of the branches where most of the feeding
roots will be.
Gardener, Issue 158, 2004, Page 26
Reproduced with permission from the former Weekend Gardener magazine. The views expressed here are not necessarily those of the RNZIH.