Asked on Aug 2, 2013

Why my peach tree did not bear fruit this year.

Marcia jeraldsNancy HandLuis


my elberta peach tree did not bear fruit this year. We planted it three years ago and have not had a good crop yet and this year nothing. We put fertilized it with fertilizer spikes this spring and mulched around it also.
4 answers
  • Douglas Hunt
    on Aug 3, 2013

    If you planted a young tree, it could easily take two to four years for a peach tree to reach bearing size. Also, peach trees are very vulnerable to cold weather, which can kill the fruit bud. Finally, I don't recommend fertilizer spikes. They're mostly salt, and the fertilizer is not well distributed around the root zone. Use a good 10-10-10 fertilizer in March and May. There's some very good information from Ohio State here:

  • Luis
    on Aug 3, 2013

    A tree in partial shade is fighting an uphill battle. Fruit trees can survive in partial shade, but they will take longer to begin bearing fruit. Soil fertility, fruit trees, like all plants, require some nutrients to survive. But excessively rich soil or heavy fertilization may encourage branch and leaf growth at the expense of fruit production.

  • Nancy Hand
    on Aug 3, 2013

    Elberta Peaches are self pollinating trees, they might not been pollinated good. Bee's are good to have for pollinating. If it was cold or other weather conditions might have hindered the pollination. I'm with Douglas on the fert spikes. The fertilizer doesn't get distribute good around the tree. Good info too Luis! :)

  • Marcia jeralds
    on Aug 5, 2013

    thanks for the info.

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