By “shy” do you mean they are being slower to bloom or do you mean they won’t be blooming at all? This really sucks because I had 250 peaches from just one tree last year and the other two would’ve fruited for the first time.
My mom said a couple years ago she was going to cut down her Redhaven because of diseases year after year but I got it bouncing back looking great last year and now no fruit at all this year? It’s a goner.
Yeah, that does suck! Unfortunately, peaches and many other stone fruits are especially prone to this. So far, it’s looking like I won’t get a crop this year, either. Going into the fall, it looked like this was going to be the year the peaches and apricots hit their stride. At least there’s always next year to look forward to!
The upshot is it breaks pest and disease cycles so that when they do fruit, you tend to get high quality with minimal (or no) inputs. Around 10-12 yrs ago, we were hit with a hard frost May 30 and another June 2. Fruit crops were annihilated, but it setup a cycle where apples in particular would set HUGE beautiful crops every other year. They’d overbear, and not set any flower buds for the following year, keeping pests and disease to a minimum. We pressed massive amounts of cider on those fruitful years. Annual bearing makes plenty of sense economically, and it terms of convenience, but biennial bearing is a lot easier to sustain. Peaches are easy enough to grow organically here, the only real issue being brown rot, which is endemic on native Prunus. We only get a good crop every 2-3 years though. Flower buds generally getting nipped by winter lows or fluctuating temps the rest of the time.
Amen to that statement. I knew when I planted my peach trees it was a big gamble, just like you said. Some years I get a lot of nice fruit, most years I just a nice green tree to look at.
My peach trees did exactly like jeremy has done. They look absolutely dead. I sprayed my other fruit trees yesterday. I looked at my 4 peach trees and they looked like they were still in the middle of the winter. Actually I had about 4 peach blossoms that were open, no leaves at all showing at the tips. I had thought I was going to have to call the guy I use to come and cut them down and take out the rootstocks. I guess I will wait on that. They look horrible.