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 Need Help with Potted Peach Seedling 
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Post Need Help with Potted Peach Seedling
My husband and I have a 3 to 4 foot peach sappling growing in a pot. We know nothing about gardening...or trees...and really want this one to make it!

Does anyone know if we should prune it? (The branches are 2 feet out from the trunk).

What should we use for fertilizer?

We haven't done any grafting (as the seed itself was from a grocery peach!)

We would LOVE any suggestions on how to care for this little tree!!!!

Also the leaves are being eaten by something leaving round holes. What should we do regarding this?

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Although geared toward apples, this article might be worth looking at:
http://www.homeorchardsociety.org/article/9/

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Thank you,

I did find this article very helpful...and has given me some sense of direction.
I would still value any more advice from people!

Thanks again!

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Seedlings don't grow true to the parent they came from, they could be better but most likely they will not be as good of a cultivar as what you could buy at a nursery. Your seedling may or may not have good quality fruit when it matures.

Another factor is the roots. The seedling will have its own genetic rootstock instead of rootstock that has been bred to control tree size and promote fruit production. I have a Frost peach that I rooted from cuttings when I planted a Frost peach grafted on semidwarf rootstock. The self rooted tree is 10 - 11 feet tall, three years old, and has two peaches on it. The grafted Frost peach is 6 feet tall, four years old, and has had more than a dozen peaches on it each year since the year after I planted it.

One more consideration: in Vancouver BC, like in Western Washington, you probably will have peach leaf curl problems. There are a few selected cultivars that are resistant to curl. Frost, Q1-8, Avalon, Indian Summer, etc. Your seedling might die in only a couple years from leaf curl.


Fri Jul 28, 2006 8:05 pm
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Dubyadee,

Thank you for writing! It seems you have alot of experience with peach trees and grafting in general. I know nothing about grafting. (I have found a few forums that have discussed doing so...but it all sounds so overwhelming and foriegn to me!) Perhaps I should head on over to the local garden centre and ask about any workshops they may offer.

I really appretiate the information you have shared! Thank you for your time!

The potted peach

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