Okay, I had a PF17 and a Madison peach arrive from Grandpa’s Orchard on the 24th. (both on standard rootstock) And in a couple of days Stark Bro’s is sending a replacement standard size Intrepid peach.
Once situated in their final resting places, the two planted trees are exactly 13’ 2" apart. On the Stark site it says spacing s/b 12-15’. But now a few days after planting - when I stand back, the spacing looks kinda close to me.
I do have a couple Earlitreat peaches that are beginning their 5th year and are at 10’ 6" trunk to trunk at this stage, and they look just fine. But I assume they are dwarf. (They were mystery peaches mislabeled as Golden Jubilee & Belle of Georgia)
So I got to reading old GW threads on spacing, and got all concerned.
I figure to keep them a manageable height and all that, but I’m thinking if I need to I can pull one and re-position it probably w/o much stress as the trees have only been in the ground 6 days, and they pretty much look like it did when I planted them. Just a little bit of green leaf opening up some.
My concern is mainly a crowding thing. I’ve never owned a peach tree older than the 5th leaf Earlitreat’s that I have, and the only huge scaffold branched peach trees I’ve seen are in pictures!
Heck I have my Carmine Jewel bush cherries on 12’ centers!!! And here I short-sheet myself on a full blown fruit tree planting!
So is this spacing anything I need to be worrying about in your opinions, or am I gonna be fine?