Peach Blossoms

This post, “Peach Blossoms” was written for my WordPress blog called Always Growing by Jan in Covington, Louisiana 

We have our first peach blossom.  My dear hubby bought two peach trees last year, and one is showing its flowers.

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We have grown citrus trees and a Bartlett pear, but this is the first attempt at a peach.  He planted two varieties that are supposed to do well here.  I think they are worth it just for the flowers.  They are a beautiful pink.  I can’t wait for more flowers to pop out.

We were able to put these in since we have more sun now that we lost some large pine trees.  We lost a large River Birch tree also, and we are hoping that these trees will provide some shade for the house when they get larger.

I don’t know if we will get any fruit this year since they were just planted last summer.  I know it usually takes two to three years for a tree to bear fruit.  There may be another reason there will be no eating of peaches even when they do bear fruit.  Hubby insisted that we plant them near the bird feeders.  I tried to remind him that any fruit would be eaten by the birds, but he went ahead and planted them there anyway.  You just can’t give advice to some people.

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6 Comments

  1. February 26, 2008 at 9:29 pm

    I hope you get fruit and get to eat it before the birds do. Sorry you lost the trees but glad you gained some sun. I’m thankful for more sun in my new gardens. It’s fun to do shade plants but more fun with the sun….

    We were sad to lose the trees but looked upon this as an opportunity to grow different things. We’ll have to see if we get fruit this year.

  2. Patricia Louque said,

    February 26, 2008 at 10:14 pm

    We have peach trees here in our yard, and the birds do not seem to bother them. The squirrels do have a field day with them waiting till they are about golf ball size and eat them green. The little varmits are wasteful too as they usually take only a few bites before moving on to another. I guess the nets would keep them off, but that is such a chore. The birds do however love the cherries and they too eat only a bite or two. We do have lots and I don’t even mind having a few with a few pecks out of them.

    Well, our trees are small, so there won’t be much to share. I never thought about the squirrels. I guess that’s something else to consider.

  3. Mary Beth said,

    February 27, 2008 at 6:36 pm

    I like to cut a few peach branches when they are just budding and bring them inside. Put them in a vase of water and in a few days you have lots of peach blooms in your arrangement!

    When my peach trees get bigger, I may try this. The flowers are so pretty, that they really would brighten the inside. Thanks for the idea.

  4. February 28, 2008 at 6:51 pm

    We are on the northern fringe for growing peaches, so I’ve not even considered planting them in my garden. Most years, the frost would probably nip the blooms so no fruit set. But it is such a pretty flower, maybe I should reconsider.

    I wonder if it would help if you could plant a peach tree in a protected area. That might get around those late frosts you sometimes have.

  5. robin k said,

    June 6, 2009 at 7:29 am

    Hi this is our 3rd year with 2 semi dwarf peach tree’s. Last week I had about 30 pea to grape size peaches. Now there are 17 )o; . I see ants on the leaves too. Not tons but ton is too many isn’t it?
    I really want just1 peach this year lol, one little peach. What can I do?? I can’t give varieties as it was a 2/1 and”we pick the variety” One is much smaller though. The on with more fruit is about 7′ tall. they are supposed to get only 6-8′ I don’t believe that with one. The other is about 4′. They are growing vertically too much. I need to know how to stake them so if the peaches mature I don’t have the tree on the ground. hmm anyone want to come here and play scarcrow?? (o;

    Thanks,
    Robin

    • Jan said,

      June 7, 2009 at 6:11 am

      Robin, I know that fruit trees rarely hold on to all its fruit that does set. A tree can only support so much fruit at one time. As long as the trees are getting enough water, some of those peaches should hang on. As to the ants, have you checked for aphids. Sometimes the aphids make a “honeydew” that attracts the ants.


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