Not very sweet peaches: how to get better fruits

Not very sweet peaches: how to get better fruits

Thanks to an interesting question, today let's try to understand how can we get better peaches, in particular sweeter. In fact, Delfo has a tree that produces a lot in terms of quantity but the fruits are not so tasty.

The grower has the option di indirectly intervene in various ways in order to enable the plant to dedicate the right energies and substances to the production of qualitatively satisfying fruit, let's discover how we can do to harvest tasty peaches.

My peach tree produces an exaggerated quantity, but the fruits are not very sweet. Besides the branching of the fruit, what can I do to increase the sweetness?


Hello Delfo

The problem of trees that bear tasteless fruit it can often happen, especially to those who have old plants and have not cared much about the care of the soil over the years. In fact, an impoverished soil may no longer have the right amount of substances that are needed by the plant to make fruit, in this case peaches, that are tasty.

The causes of not very tasty peaches are different, from the variety of fruits to the presence of potassium in the soil. Let's see how to intervene.

The variety of peaches

The first factor that affects the taste of the fruit is the variety: there are peach trees that produce very sweet fruits and others tend to a more watery production. You cannot act a posteriori on this, except by planting a new tree or re-grafting, so it is important when you are preparing to plant a peach tree to choose one of excellent quality.

If your peach tree bears tasteless fruits, however, it is not necessarily a varietal problem, so I invite you to continue reading and in particular to try to improve the soil.

Pruning and thinning

If we want fruit of good size and excellent flavor, we must know how to direct the energy of the plant, so that the tree is able to direct the right amount of resources to each peach.

To do this we must first take care of pruning, maintaining a well-lit and balanced hair. You can learn more about how to prune the peach tree by reading the dedicated article. A very simple but important attention is to eliminate suckers and suckers, which are unproductive branches and represent a potential waste of energy for the peach tree.

Then it is very important to thin out the peaches. In fact, any excess fruit just formed must be removed. Since we are talking about a very productive tree, I would experiment with a selection, removing part of the fruit. We always regret decreasing the harvest but it is a necessary operation if we want to obtain an improvement in quantity. A peach can be left every 7-10 cm.

Fertilization with potassium

In general, for the fruits to be tasty, it is necessary to provide the plant, through the soil, with a good supply of nutrients. For this reason every year it is advisable to fertilize the orchard by adding organic substance.

Among the various elements important for the life of a plant potassium (K) it is particularly involved in fruiting and in development of sugar content in fruits. So have a soil with the right potassium content is important to have sweet peaches. If I were you then I would use an organic fertilizer with a good content of this element.