How to Water Peach Trees


When you think of peaches you may instantly think of Georgia, but they actually have been grown in Asia for 2,000 years. Within the last few centuries they were introduced to the United States and have been grown here ever since. Peaches need full sunlight and regular pruning to thrive. Watering is crucial, especially when they are setting fruit since 87 percent of the fruit volume is water. The last 30 days before harvesting is the most critical since peaches attain 66 percent of their final volume during this period.

Step 1

Apply 7 gallons of water per peach tree per week throughout the months of April and May during its first season in the ground. Spread the water out over the entire root zone, which extends from the trunk to the edge of the tree's canopy.

Step 2

Increase the water provided to each tree to 14 gallons per week in the month of June during the first season. During July and August the tree will need 28 gallons of water per week.

Step 3

Apply 14 gallons of water per peach tree per week in the months of April and May during the tree's second and subsequent seasons. Increase this to 28 gallons per week in June and up to 56 gallons per week in the months of July and August.

Step 4

Apply supplemental rainfall in September and October only if rainfall is below average. The tree's root area should receive 21 gallons per week in these months the first season and 28 gallons per week during the second and subsequent seasons.

Tips and Warnings

  • Peach trees that do not receive enough water will not develop adequate fruits; however, too much water may induce fruit rot. If rainfall is average or excessive, additional irrigation may not be needed.

Things You'll Need

  • Sprinklers
  • Garden hose
  • Water source
  • Rain gauge
  • Mulch
  • Garden rake


  • Texas A&M University: Peach Production in Texas
  • Ohio State University: Growing Peaches and Nectarines in the Home Landscape
  • University of Missouri Extension: Home Fruit Production: Peach and Nectarine Culture
  • Bnet: Peaches: Their Care and Cultivation
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Robin Gonyo has been writing for several years now. She has a deep love for gardening and has spent a vast amount of time researching that subject. Previously she has written for private clients before joining Demand Studios. She hopes to share her knowledge with others through her writing.