early dwarfing of peach fruit in TX #317052 - Ask Extension

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early dwarfing of peach fruit in TX #317052

Asked April 28, 2016, 9:00 AM EDT

just after shuck split most peach fruit failed to develop normal fruit but produced large numbers of tiny fruit.  The trees were mature  fertilized with moderate amounts of urea just prior to growth.  There  was no freeze damage or apparent disease.  Could the problem be the result of a mild winter's dormancy?

Johnson County Texas

Expert Response

Chill hours were known to be somewhat below normal for most areas of Texas. The differences were not drastically lower, but could have been low enough to cause symptoms on varieties that may have been slightly higher for the area. The problems you describe could indeed be from insufficient chill. Observe other known/named varieties in your county that have a lower chill requirement and see if the problem is not as bad. For a list of varieties and their chill requirement, refer to our fact sheet on peaches at http://aggie-horticulture.tamu.edu/fruit-nut/
Monte Nesbitt Replied April 28, 2016, 10:10 AM EDT

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