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Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Leaves Remain on Trees If Weather is not Cold

Q. I have two dwarf peach trees. They are still loaded with leaves. What can I do about it?

A. Nothing. Just let them drop normally. One good night of near freezing or freezing temperatures and they will drop. Prune them in mid to late January.
Normal fall leaf drop on peach

            Another method you can use to drop the leaves is to begin restricting water to the tree. If it’s possible, turn off the drip emitters or bubbler to the tree for a couple of weeks. You will not hurt the tree and you will encourage leaf drop. When the leaves begin to turn yellow resume your irrigations.

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