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Kevin
Hello. My nectarines and white peaches fruit well and grow to a good size but the fruit isn't very sweet.

Many of the fruits drop just before they're fully ripe, but even those that look ripe aren't sweet. The trees get a little bit of fertilizer from foraging chooks but otherwise no feed. We rarely water them but they don't seem to need it. The fruit is very juicy and canopies look healthy. Soil is shallow gravelly sandy loam over clay. Maybe the clay stores enough winter rain for them, with topup from an odd summer storm? Perhaps lack of sweetness is a nutrient deficiency?
(No such problems with plums and a yellow peach that get similar lack of care.)

Submitted: 05:13AM, 05 Feb 2018
Answer: Hi Kevin,

Thank you for contacting Yates.

The lack of fertiliser is a bit part of the sweetness and growth of the stone fruit. They are very hungry plants and enjoy a feed with a product that has potassium in there for fruit development and cell strength. We recommend feeding regularly with Thrive Naturals Citrus and Fruit Pelletised Plant Food.

We would also recommend to check the pH of the soil around the base of the trees just as a precaution to ensure that it is not to alkaline. Nectarines and peaches tend to enjoy a slightly acidic soil around 6-6.5.

If you do have any further enquiries, please don’t hesitate to contact us again.

Kind regards

Stephanie
Yates Horticulturalist

Answered: 03:12PM, 05 Feb 2018

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