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Peach Tree: need help

Bill McJunkin wmcj at syix.com
Thu Apr 4 23:43:17 EST 1996

weikel wrote:
> Sorry if this is in the wrong place, but this is the closest
> group I could find related to gardening.
> I live in an apartment and have a dwarf peach tree growing on
> my balcony, in a huge pot.  I bought it last May, and it had lots
> of leaves and a few peaches.
> Now that spring has started again, it has formed lots of blossoms,
> but no leaves.  Actually, there are some leaves, but they are near
> the roots, not on the branches.  I started snipping these off, but
> there are still no leaves on the branches.  One of the blossoms
> has already formed into a tiny (5mm) green peach.
> Also, there are bugs in the soil.  They are those bugs with the
> grey armored bodies that roll into spheres when threatened.
> We call them potato bugs or pill bugs.  Are these harmfull?  None
> of my other plants have this problem so I assume they came with
> the tree.  I've been picking them out of the soil.  I'm sorry
> that I don't know the scientific name for them, but I can
> provide a more detailed description.
> Also, I live in San Diego, California, and the tree grew blossoms
> about tree weeks ago.  I've been mixing Miracle Grow in with its
> water, and watering everytime the soil is dry about an inch
> deep.  (About once every two month in dry weather.  Thanks
> for any information you can provide me with.Your peach tree is suffering from delayed foliation (late feaf formation) 
which is usually caused by lack of cold weather during the dormant 
period.  Peaches, almonds and several other members of this family 
require a cool dormancy perid each year.  I hope this helps... 

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