I visited my neighbor’s 3 O’Henry trees yesterday. 15 years ago he bought them at Lowes. He has never sprayed anything on them. He has never thinned them and every so often he has someone chop the whole top off if in half. The only thing i can see he has an issue with is ‘worms’ this year. He never cleans up the mummies or fallen peaches…so he said he is going to clean them up this year.
No mulching, and he has big metal rings around the trunks for when his neighbor weedeats.
By all accounts with the cultivar being fairly weak at disease resistance and prone to all kinds of issues…along with everything he doesnt do… these trees shouldnt even be alive let alone producing.
I studied everything the best i could and can only come up with the reasoning that the trees get lots of hours of full sun and they are in a location that has excellent drainage.
As for the solution that i could propose to him…if he were to ‘spray’ i read Olpeas advice that said to spray Triazicide. Which is extremely toxic to almost everything… just reading the MSDS is tough.
Worms are ‘safe to eat’ according to Olpea as well…
So technically my neighbor doesnt need to spray if his only issue is worms.
I ate a few fallen peaches and i am still alive as of this writing. They were very tasty… and i may have gotten a few grams of Protein.
I did recommend Triazicide 12 years ago for backyard growers. Since then many backyard growers have expressed disappointment in it, used as an exclusive insecticide. Since then the new “Sevin” which is used for fruit trees has Lamda Cyhalthrin as the active ingredient I believe. This is commonly used by commercial orchards. It’s called Warrior.
My spray program in the Guides category now suggests using “new formula” Sevin. Availability of products for home use are always in flux- more so than for commercial formulations, I think. Triazide was always a bit hit and miss.
Incidentally, I grow a limited amount of O’Henry here just because it is an excellent Sept. peach, but it seems to be tender and a bit of a shy bearer- that is, they sometimes die prematurely and bear relatively light crops. However, it’s an old fashioned peach with enough fuzz to resist insects better than some and it’s not especially prone to brown rot for such a late peach.
Triazicide is currently available to be bought at nearly all box stores and hardwares and still does the exact same thing it did 12 years ago. And the worms are still safe to eat as far as i know unless something has changed in the last 12 years.
Alan started a topic on it in 2016 and Olpea added a bunch of other insecticides that he likes.
Again i replied to the topic of no spray and my neighbors peaches that only seem to have an issue with worms… the ‘spray’ that was recommended was listed… however the fact remains that he said the worms were safe to eat. So no spray is ‘needed’ for my neighbors tree with the current 12 year information.
If worms are no longer safe to eat then that changes the dynamic.
For most of us, it isn’t a question of safety. When you are raised on pristine fruit, often without a single insect scar you tend to find eating worms repellent, I think. I know I do. I don’t like the idea of eating slugs either, although with butter and garlic snails are OK, I guess.
Still on topic but this post was from 2 years ago and Jesse states that he grows Contender as well as others no spray in Maine. Which i believe relates to the previous topic of East Coast. He says that he grows them for home consumption as well.
I wouldn’t be surprised if I contradicted myself, I’m speaking from memory about the qualities of the O’Henry peach as I don’t grow it myself anymore, but I’m managing it in a few sites. However, having less fuzz than Encore doesn’t come close to suggesting it is nearly fuzzless. It would have been more polite to paste my actual sentence on the subject. I always feel like I’m in court when I discuss fruit with you. Lawyers twist the truth, I swear, I’m trying to find it.
In a search of descriptions and history I find no mention of it being smooth skinned, except the one you supplied- and I searched every source I could find. Photos showed ample fuzz, but I don’t trust such photos.
Next time I have a chance I will check it out- I tend to assume all old-fashioned peaches are fuzzy
This is my quote, “Less fuzz, prettier, deeper orange flesh and higher brix than Encore.”
I suggest you give blackboy Indian peach a try. It’s a late peach, with a fuzzy, thick and bitter skin till 2 weeks before ripening. My 6 years of experience with this peach tells me that it’s relatively bug and disease resistant. It will rot from core if left on tree for too long. Taste is exotic, like raspberry.
@Shuimitao … my last two years of BR… any peach hanging on the tree in July was done for. Brown fuzzy mummies.
I need a extra fuzzy, thick, bitter skin peach that ripens June 1 and taste decent… I have no faith in late varieties… since my mid season peaches got completely wiped by BR. I dont see how later peaches could make it.
Late season i have figs, persimmons, raspberries… i can do without peaches then.