How to Care for Peach Trees Organically


Summer peaches are delicious treats, especially when picked from your own backyard. As information regarding the effects of chemicals and fertilizers has increased, organic gardening techniques have become more popular. Plants with edible fruits need organic care to ensure that they don't poison the body with harmful chemicals. Peach trees will fruit after their first two to three years of growth and will produce for their life span of 20 years. Keep your peach trees healthy with regular organic care.

Step 1

Plant the peach tree in well-draining soil that will get at least eight hours of full sun each day.

Step 2

Plant white clover around the base of the peach tree to provide nitrogen, guard against weeds and insulate the tree's roots in the winter. Water thoroughly.

Step 3

Apply 2 inches of water to the peach tree two to three times a week during its first two years of growth. Reduce watering to one or two deep waterings per month, depending on rainfall amounts, for established trees.

Step 4

Mix fish emulsion and seaweed at a 50-50 ratio and feed it to the peach trees every week to increase chemical-free micronutrients.

Step 5

Add a 1- to 2-inch layer of organic compost or manure to the soil around the base of the tree in early spring and late summer.

Step 6

Prune the tree in autumn by significantly thinning out the inner branches and removing any suckers on the lower half of the trunk. Keep the center of the tree open to increase air circulation.

Tips and Warnings

  • Protect your peach tree from frost by wrapping the branches with blankets and plastic. Peach trees won't grow well in soil that holds water for an hour or more after heavy rain.

Things You'll Need

  • White clover seeds
  • Manure or compost
  • Fish emulsion
  • Seaweed
  • Pruning shears


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Keywords: peach tree, organic care, natural gardening

About this Author

Kelsey Erin Shipman has worked as a travel writer, poet, journalist and award-winning photographer since 2004. She is a featured poet on NYC public radio, is the winner of the San Jacinto & Alethean Literary Societies' Poetry Award, and has authored three collections of poetry including "cold days," "bastante" and "short poems." She earned a B.A. in philosophy from Southwestern University.