The peaches were getting ripe, so on Sunday (August 11th) we decided to pick them. The first step was to remove the bird netting that we used to protect the fruit from birds and squirrels. That took a lot of time because groundcover plants had grown up through the netting, as well as some of the peach tree’s branches and leaves.
Even though I thinned the peaches, the branch in the photo below is heavily bent under the weight of the three remaining peaches.
There were some rotted peaches, but the majority were good. This box is 8X12X12 inches (20X30X30 cm) and it is overfilled with fruit.
I don’t know if this is considered a good yield from a dwarf peach tree, but it is pretty good in my experience. Completely covering the tree in bird netting helped. The peaches aren’t pretty, but I expected that because I used no insecticide or fungicide.
I don’t recommend growing peaches for the home gardener. Large, sweet fruit seemingly attract a lot of pests and disease, and it takes too much work to counter them, in addition to pruning and thinning, for this much fruit. Blackberries, raspberries, and cranberries are more rewarding.