Peach trees but no peaches....

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  1. GoatsRus

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    We have 4 peach trees that produced a load of peaches last year (unfortunately the japanese beetles got most of them), but this year...nada! I sprayed for pest (liquid 7) while the buds were tightly wrapped. They flowered beautifully and then we had a horrific hail storm. The trees pulled throught fine, but no peaches this year. Could it be from the hail storm? Is it possible that the hail knocked all the flowers off? I didn't pay any attention to them after the storm until I started to look for peach buds and could find nothing. Could something else be going on? The trees are 3 years old.
     
  2. amwitched

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    Does it say on the Liquid 7 label how long it lingers on what you have sprayed it on? Could be that it lasted past the bloom time and killed any bees that came by to pollinate your trees.

    Could be that your trees are resting this year - after last years bumper crop. They wouldn't know that the beetles got most of your peaches last year.
     

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    I think you've got it figured out. Hail can do a lot of damage. Even if a pesticide did kill the bees they still would have been able to pollinate before dying. Liquid 7 isn't an immediate death.
     
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    I agree it was probably caused by the hail damaging the blooms before they could pollinate.
     
  5. valicia

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    our trees did the same thing this year,we think it was a late frost that killed the flowers. hopefully next year
     
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    Two other things that can cause non-flowering or even cause the flowers or young fruit to drop. One is too much nitrogen fertilizer. Another is lack of sunlight. As the trees in your yard grow each year they produce more shade. If you put down lawn fertilizer nearby the fruit trees that could cause them not to fruit. You'd notice the leaves looking really green and lush. Poultry manure has alot of nitrogen too. Not saying that these are the reason, just that they are possible problems for most fruiting plants. The hail itself may not be as much of a problem as the cold temps that usually occur from the cold fronts that bring them. Were there any frosts at night during the flowering period, or very cold nights? I'm assuming that what you arecalling 7, is actually Sevin? Or if you look at the label closely, does it say Carbaryl? That can sometimes cause some flower drop in fruit trees, but normally not enough to lose all the fruit. There is something called the June drop too which occurs when the temps rise and the soil dries out too quickly after the lush soft growth of spring, and the plant drops fruit and flowers to stave off dehydration. Just some suggestions, but I'd be interested to know if any of these apply. Some fruit trees like apples take a year off every five or six years if they are full size trees in heavy production too.
     
  7. GoatsRus

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    Thanks for the responses. Given what's been said, I'd have to either say it's the hail/weather temp or the trees are taking a year off. I did use Sevin so I didn't think it was the problem. The trees are outside the perimeter of our yard, so they didn't get fertilized from the yard fertilizer. I use goat manure and straw in the winter. The trees are beautiful looking , just no peaches. Maybe better luck next year.
     
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    Be sure to prune them in the winter months and if you can apply dormant-oil to the bare branches and wood while they are dormant. It's not a pesticide per se, but it will kill all the over-wintering eggs and insects that hide in the bark. That way they'll have no insect worries while they are in flower in the spring. Sevin is a great spray to kill caterpillars and beetles of all kinds but if used, you'll sometimes see an increase in mites. Mites are easy enough to kill, control; with water that has a drop of soap added to it. They prefer hot, dry conditions and the soapy water is more than they can take.
     
  9. Rockin'B

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    Our peach tree had a huge bumper crop last year and I had to do some major thinning. This year we have had very few peaches set.

    I just figured that after such a heavy year the tree was having a down season. My cherry trees at another place we lived at used to cycle like that.
     
  10. Pony

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    My cherry and linden were both hit hard by the drought last year. Lots of fruit and flowers last year, but this year :shrug: Nothing to speak of. If/when we go through a drought again, I'll be sure to water the trees.

    I'm more disappointed about the linden, though. Nothing but nothing in this whole wide world smells as beautiful to me as the linden tree... :angel:

    Pony!