When I planted and pruned my tiny Peach tree way back in March last year I honestly didn’t think I’d see any Peaches this year. But when it started to flower and I made a Peach frame to protect the flowers from the frost and later hand-pollinated it I crossed my fingers for something to happen. And it has! I feel like Father Christmas has been and left me 17 (I counted) tiny peaches.
Now, according to my book (Fruit & Vegetable Gardening) that’s way too many for the size the tree is right now. The poor thing would apparently attempt to grow and ripen all those fruits but would fail in all instances and the fruit would probably still be green when the first frosts arrived in Autumn.
So, it’s off with their tiny heads to make way for big juicy, fully ripened Peaches. I thinned the fruit to around one peachlet every 15cm. I’ve now got five Peaches left on the tree. Let’s hope that now they’ve got some room they can romp away nicely.
Anyone else growing Peaches or Nectarines? What varieties are you growing? This one is Peregrine a white flesh variety. I can’t wait to try it.