Hey folks! I’ve been MIA for most of the summer, otherwise known as the (very) rainy season!
In the last few years I have had maybe 5 different peach trees die, including 3 this year and I’m trying to figure out why. The soil here is very rocky which may have something to do with it. When I say rocky, think the top of a mountain covered with some dirt! In other words, there are some places that I can’t dig more then a couple inches because I hit solid rock. And it’s not just a matter of moving over a couple feet. Sometimes I have to move 10 or more feet before I’m able to get the shovel into the ground.
This year, the trees all started out fine. They bloomed, set fruit and leafed out just like normal, but in early June they lost most of their leaves and by early July they lost all of their leaves. (I’ll post photos in the next message).
One of them suffered from peach leaf curl for the last couple years, but the other two didn’t.
Three of my original plantings from 2006 are still there and doing fine, but these three that died were planted were planted in 2011 and 2013.
Any ideas what is happening here? And if I replant, should I use the same holes?
Part 2 of my question is what to do about the dead trees, replace them with the same varieties or try something new. As always, taste is the most important factor followed by extending the harvest on both ends.
Here’s what I have/had:
Rich May (dead)
Gold dust (dead)
Sugar Giant (dead)
Belle of Georgia
Should I replace the dead ones with something the same or is there better stuff out there?