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#58009 November 15th, 2006 at 01:16 AM
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Hi All!

Two questions: I picked up a little bag of onion bulbs (I guess that's what they're called) at HD yesterday. Any tips for success? I've gathered that they need loosened soil, with plenty of humus mixed in. Full sun? Mulch?

Our new house has a really old peach tree that looks like it could use some pruning. What's the proper care of a mature peach tree?

Thanks! wavey

#58010 November 16th, 2006 at 05:15 AM
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What's the proper care of a mature peach tree?
Mature Peach trees need heavy annual pruning. Prune your tree in winter. Cut out two-thirds of previous year's growth.

Peaches are heavy feeders, so they need regular supply of nitrogen. A balance fertilizier with an N-P-K ratio of 10-10-10 can be applied at/before bud break [depending on the area, around late March or so]; read/follow manufacturer's label for application, storage and disposal.

#58011 November 16th, 2006 at 10:54 PM
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a little bag of onion bulbs
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They like a sweet soil too, so a dressing of dolomite may help. Not too much nitrogenous fertiliser. A little neglect once the bulbs start to form seems to help (As opposed to getting too much water).

#58012 November 18th, 2006 at 01:58 AM
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Thanks so much!!!

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How old is the peach tree? Peaches only bear fruit for about 20 years, then they quit. Pruning it out if its old wont make it bear fruit.
Fruit on peaches bear on last years green wood. Prune out old wood, but leave a scaffold.

#58014 November 21st, 2006 at 03:17 AM
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This peach tree looks really old, but I don't know just how old. I think I'll prune it and see if it blooms next year. If nothing happens, we'll whack it down.


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