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Plant Care Instructions By Julie Bawden-Davis

Group of deciduous trees with stone fruit that are smooth-skinned and sweet. Standard-sized trees grow to about 25 feet tall and wide, but can be pruned to stay 10 to 12 feet tall and wide. Genetic dwarfs grow 5 to 6 feet tall.

Is Indoor Plant?

No

These month by month plant care tasks are for plants in the following zones :
Sunset Zones : 22, 23, 24
USDA Zones : 10a, 10b
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Plant Care Instruction

  • Scroll down or click on any month for plant care instructions
    • January
    • February
    • March
    • April
    • May
    • June
    • July
    • August
    • September
    • October
    • November
    • December
    January
    1. Buy

    Buy bareroot trees in the nursery or online.
    2. Plant

    Plant in a sunny location that has excellent drainage.
    3. Prune

    If not done last month, prune when dormant. Cut off 2/3 of the previous year's growth. Head back each branch to 1/3, or remove two of every three branches formed, or cut out some and head back others.
    February
    1. Buy

    Buy bareroot trees in the nursery or online.
    2. Plant

    Plant in a sunny location that has excellent drainage.
    3. Prune

    If not done last month, prune when dormant. Cut off 2/3 of the previous year's growth. Head back each branch to 1/3, or remove two of every three branches formed, or cut out some and head back others.
    March
    1. Buy

    Buy bareroot trees in the nursery or online.
    2. Plant

    Plant in a sunny location that has excellent drainage.
    3. Fertilize

    Feed once with an organic fertilizer designed for fruit trees.
    4. Water

    During fruit development, keep the soil around the base of the tee and out to the drip-line moist, but not soggy. Water weekly in the absence of rainfall.
    5. Mulch

    Maintain a 2- to 3-inch layer of shredded bark around the base of the tree and out to the drip-line.
    6. Pest/Disease Inspection

    Check for peach leaf curl and brown rot. Peach leaf curl causes curling, thickening and puckering of new leaves. Brown rot is characterized by flowers wilting and dying and twigs breaking and releasing sap.
    7. Treat for Pest/Disease

    Control peach leaf curl and brown rot by spraying with a fixed lime sulfur or copper spray just as buds begin to swell.
    8. Special requirements

    Encourage the development of large fruit, by thinning fruit when it is 1-inch wide, spacing remaining fruit 8 to 10 inches apart.
    April
    1. Buy

    Buy potted up trees in the nursery or online.
    2. Plant

    Plant in a sunny location that has excellent drainage.
    3. Fertilize

    Feed once with an organic fertilizer designed for fruit trees.
    4. Water

    During fruit development, keep the soil around the base of the tee and out to the drip-line moist, but not soggy. Water weekly in the absence of rainfall.
    5. Mulch

    Maintain a 2- to 3-inch layer of shredded bark around the base of the tree and out to the drip-line.
    6. Pest/Disease Inspection

    Check for peach leaf curl, brown rot and peach tree borer. Peach leaf curl causes curling, thickening and puckering of new leaves. Brown rot is characterized by flowers wilting and dying and twigs breaking and releasing sap. The first sign of peach tree borers is a jelly-like substance at the base of the tree.
    7. Treat for Pest/Disease

    Control peach leaf curl and brown rot by spraying with a fixed lime sulfur or copper spray just as buds begin to swell.
    8. Special requirements

    Encourage the development of large fruit, by thinning fruit when it is 1-inch wide, spacing remaining fruit 8 to 10 inches apart.
    May
    1. Buy

    Buy potted up trees in the nursery or online.
    2. Plant

    Plant in a sunny location that has excellent drainage.
    3. Fertilize

    Feed once with an organic fertilizer designed for fruit trees.
    4. Water

    During fruit development, keep the soil around the base of the tee and out to the drip-line moist, but not soggy. Water once or twice a week in the absence of rainfall.
    5. Mulch

    Maintain a 2- to 3-inch layer of shredded bark around the base of the tree and out to the drip-line.
    6. Pest/Disease Inspection

    Check for peach tree borer. The first sign of peach tree borer is a jelly-like substance at the base of the tree.
    7. Treat for Pest/Disease

    Control peach tree borer by spraying mid-month the infected trunk with the appropriate pesticide.
    8. Harvest

    Harvest when the fruit darkens and the flesh gives slightly to touch.
    June
    1. Fertilize

    Feed once with an organic fertilizer designed for fruit trees.
    2. Water

    During fruit development, keep the soil around the base of the tee and out to the drip-line moist, but not soggy. Water twice a week.
    3. Mulch

    Maintain a 2- to 3-inch layer of shredded bark around the base of the tree and out to the drip-line.
    4. Pest/Disease Inspection

    Check for peach tree borer. The first sign of peach tree borer is a jelly-like substance at the base of the tree.
    5. Harvest

    Harvest when the fruit darkens and the flesh gives slightly to touch.
    July
    1. Water

    Keep the soil around the base of the tee and out to the drip-line moist, but not soggy. Water twice a week.
    2. Mulch

    Maintain a 2- to 3-inch layer of shredded bark around the base of the tree and out to the drip-line.
    3. Treat for Pest/Disease

    Control peach tree borer by spraying mid-month the infected trunk with the appropriate pesticide.
    4. Harvest

    Harvest when the fruit darkens and the flesh gives slightly to touch.
    August
    1. Water

    Keep the soil around the base of the tee and out to the drip-line moist, but not soggy. Water twice a week.
    2. Mulch

    Maintain a 2- to 3-inch layer of shredded bark around the base of the tree and out to the drip-line.
    September
    1. Water

    Keep the soil around the base of the tee and out to the drip-line moist, but not soggy. Water twice a week.
    2. Mulch

    Maintain a 2- to 3-inch layer of shredded bark around the base of the tree and out to the drip-line.
    October
    1. Water

    Keep the soil around the base of the tee and out to the drip-line moist, but not soggy. Water once a week.
    2. Mulch

    Maintain a 2- to 3-inch layer of shredded bark around the base of the tree and out to the drip-line.
    November
    1. Treat for Pest/Disease

    Control peach leaf curl and brown rot by spraying with a fixed lime sulfur or copper spray once right after leaf drop, and remove all fallen leaves from the area.
    December
    1. Prune

    Prune when dormant. Cut off 2/3 of the previous year's growth. Head back each branch to 1/3, or remove two of every three branches formed, or cut out some and head back others.
  • Buy

    When's the best time to buy this plant? When can you buy these from seed (if you can)? When is it usually available? What are things to look for when you're buying it? Or anything other tidbit of information you can share!

    January

    Buy bareroot trees in the nursery or online.

    February

    Buy bareroot trees in the nursery or online.

    March

    Buy bareroot trees in the nursery or online.

    April

    Buy potted up trees in the nursery or online.

    May

    Buy potted up trees in the nursery or online.

    Plant

    When's a good time to plant this plant or bulb? Any special planting instructions?

    January

    Plant in a sunny location that has excellent drainage.

    February

    Plant in a sunny location that has excellent drainage.

    March

    Plant in a sunny location that has excellent drainage.

    April

    Plant in a sunny location that has excellent drainage.

    May

    Plant in a sunny location that has excellent drainage.

    Fertilize

    When should you fertilize this plant? Which kind of fertilizer do you recommend? Should you use different fertilizers at different times of year?

    March

    Feed once with an organic fertilizer designed for fruit trees.

    April

    Feed once with an organic fertilizer designed for fruit trees.

    May

    Feed once with an organic fertilizer designed for fruit trees.

    June

    Feed once with an organic fertilizer designed for fruit trees.

    Water

    Is there a time to reduce or increase watering? Any special requirements? Things to avoid during certain times of the year?

    March

    During fruit development, keep the soil around the base of the tee and out to the drip-line moist, but not soggy. Water weekly in the absence of rainfall.

    April

    During fruit development, keep the soil around the base of the tee and out to the drip-line moist, but not soggy. Water weekly in the absence of rainfall.

    May

    During fruit development, keep the soil around the base of the tee and out to the drip-line moist, but not soggy. Water once or twice a week in the absence of rainfall.

    June

    During fruit development, keep the soil around the base of the tee and out to the drip-line moist, but not soggy. Water twice a week.

    July

    Keep the soil around the base of the tee and out to the drip-line moist, but not soggy. Water twice a week.

    August

    Keep the soil around the base of the tee and out to the drip-line moist, but not soggy. Water twice a week.

    September

    Keep the soil around the base of the tee and out to the drip-line moist, but not soggy. Water twice a week.

    October

    Keep the soil around the base of the tee and out to the drip-line moist, but not soggy. Water once a week.

    Prune

    When's a good time to prune this plant? How about deadheading, pinching back, trimming or any other grooming? Any special requirements?

    January

    If not done last month, prune when dormant. Cut off 2/3 of the previous year's growth. Head back each branch to 1/3, or remove two of every three branches formed, or cut out some and head back others.

    February

    If not done last month, prune when dormant. Cut off 2/3 of the previous year's growth. Head back each branch to 1/3, or remove two of every three branches formed, or cut out some and head back others.

    December

    Prune when dormant. Cut off 2/3 of the previous year's growth. Head back each branch to 1/3, or remove two of every three branches formed, or cut out some and head back others.

    Mulch

    Does this plant need to be mulched? Are there specific types of Mulch which are better for this plant? How much?

    March

    Maintain a 2- to 3-inch layer of shredded bark around the base of the tree and out to the drip-line.

    April

    Maintain a 2- to 3-inch layer of shredded bark around the base of the tree and out to the drip-line.

    May

    Maintain a 2- to 3-inch layer of shredded bark around the base of the tree and out to the drip-line.

    June

    Maintain a 2- to 3-inch layer of shredded bark around the base of the tree and out to the drip-line.

    July

    Maintain a 2- to 3-inch layer of shredded bark around the base of the tree and out to the drip-line.

    August

    Maintain a 2- to 3-inch layer of shredded bark around the base of the tree and out to the drip-line.

    September

    Maintain a 2- to 3-inch layer of shredded bark around the base of the tree and out to the drip-line.

    October

    Maintain a 2- to 3-inch layer of shredded bark around the base of the tree and out to the drip-line.

    Pest/Disease Inspection

    What are the common problems this plant will face and when should you look for them to appear?

    March

    Check for peach leaf curl and brown rot. Peach leaf curl causes curling, thickening and puckering of new leaves. Brown rot is characterized by flowers wilting and dying and twigs breaking and releasing sap.

    April

    Check for peach leaf curl, brown rot and peach tree borer. Peach leaf curl causes curling, thickening and puckering of new leaves. Brown rot is characterized by flowers wilting and dying and twigs breaking and releasing sap. The first sign of peach tree borers is a jelly-like substance at the base of the tree.

    May

    Check for peach tree borer. The first sign of peach tree borer is a jelly-like substance at the base of the tree.

    June

    Check for peach tree borer. The first sign of peach tree borer is a jelly-like substance at the base of the tree.

    Treat for Pest/Disease

    How do you treat the common problems for this plant? What products or concoctions or natural means do you use? Any special requirements?

    March

    Control peach leaf curl and brown rot by spraying with a fixed lime sulfur or copper spray just as buds begin to swell.

    April

    Control peach leaf curl and brown rot by spraying with a fixed lime sulfur or copper spray just as buds begin to swell.

    May

    Control peach tree borer by spraying mid-month the infected trunk with the appropriate pesticide.

    July

    Control peach tree borer by spraying mid-month the infected trunk with the appropriate pesticide.

    November

    Control peach leaf curl and brown rot by spraying with a fixed lime sulfur or copper spray once right after leaf drop, and remove all fallen leaves from the area.

    Harvest

    When's a good time to harvest this plant? What's the best way to harvest? Are there special requirements or features?

    May

    Harvest when the fruit darkens and the flesh gives slightly to touch.

    June

    Harvest when the fruit darkens and the flesh gives slightly to touch.

    July

    Harvest when the fruit darkens and the flesh gives slightly to touch.

    Special requirements

    Any other requirement for this plant? Is there anything that doesn't fit into the other care categories?

    March

    Encourage the development of large fruit, by thinning fruit when it is 1-inch wide, spacing remaining fruit 8 to 10 inches apart.

    April

    Encourage the development of large fruit, by thinning fruit when it is 1-inch wide, spacing remaining fruit 8 to 10 inches apart.

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