Why Would a Peach Tree Fruit Not Ripen?
The chief reasons peach tree fruit does not ripen is insect infestation and a lack of sunlight, both of which stunts development and causes the fruit to drop before it gets a chance to fully mature.
Long Before A New Peach Tree Bears Fruit?
How long it takes before your peach tree (Prunus persica) bears fruit depends on many factors. Your climate also affects when your peach trees will bear fruit. These trees grow in U.S. Department of Agriculture plant hardiness zones 5 through 9. Whether you get enough chill hours the previous winter will determine if your young peach tree breaks dormancy and bears fruit. After the third year, you can let your peach tree bear its natural crop, as long as the weight of the peaches does not damage the branches.
Thomas K. Arnold is publisher and editorial director of "Home Media Magazine" and a regular contributor to "Variety." He is a former editorial writer for U-T San Diego. He also has written for "San Diego Magazine," "USA Today" and the Copley News Service. Arnold attended San Diego State University.