How to Pollinate & Grow Peach Trees

Overview

The peach tree is popular in the United States and is the second-most popular fruit consumed. The tree is native to Asia, where it is known to have been growing for 2,000 years. Peach trees are self-pollinators, meaning they do not need additional trees growing in the area to produce fruit. Bees and other nectar-collecting insects assist in the pollination process by moving the pollen around the tree for fertilization.

Step 1

Purchase a peach tree cultivar hardy for the growing area. Choose a tree approximately 3 to 4 feet tall.

Step 2

Choose a planting location that has a sandy loam soil that is well-drained, with full sun conditions.

Step 3

Contact your local county university extension office to complete a soil test of the area. The results will give recommendations for pH alterations and fertilizer application.

Step 4

Dig a hole 5 to 6 feet wide and 10 to 12 inches deep. Add organic compost or composted manure to the hole. Place the tree in the hole, making sure the bud union remains 1 inch above the ground level. Fill the hole with a mixture of soil and compost.

Step 5

Prune the tree to approximately 26 inches in height immediately after planting. Remove all side or lateral branches.

Step 6

Gently shake the tree once blossoms appear to loosen the pollen in cases where the tree appears to have problems with pollination. Hire a honey bee producer to place hives near the trees if bees are not present in the area.

Step 7

Limit pesticide use in the area as the chemical will kill bees and other pollinating insects.

Things You'll Need

  • Soil test
  • Shovel
  • Organic compost
  • Tree pruner

References

  • All Info about Native Gardening: How do Peach Trees Get Pollinated?
  • Ohio State University: Growing Peaches and Nectarines in the Home Landscape
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About this Author

Jennifer Loucks has over 10 years of experience as a former technical writer for a software development company in Wisconsin. Her writing experience includes creating software documentation and help documents for clients and staff along with training curriculum. Loucks holds a Bachelor of Science major from the University of Wisconsin - River Falls specializing in animal science and business.