Ask a Question
Notify Me On Question Update
Email this Question
Our family has a huge peach orchard and this year we have been having the pit of the peach split in half when you open it and it looks like another "seed" is trying to grow in the middle of it. What is causing this and how do you fix it?
Rate This FAQ
There are a number of reasons that fruit pits tend to split and most of them relate to cultural practices, specifically the timing of those cultural practices. The critical period is during “pit hardening” when the outer edge of the pit begins to turn brown and
harden. Around 60 days after bloom is when pit hardening begins. During the pit hardening phase is when the cultural practices are most critical in terms of how they affect split pitting. Cultural activities that encourage a rapid surge of growth will tend to increase split pitting. For example, if you thin the fruit during the early part of this pit hardening stage, it causes a surge in growth because you are thinning from maybe 6000 fruits down to 1000 fruits per tree. If you irrigate just after thinning and the temperatures are mild, that will also cause an increase in growth and thus split pits. Some varieties are also more prone as well. Look for varieties that are resistant to split pits when shopping for a new tree. Other things you can do to reduce the amount of pit splitting include:
* Thinning fruit as late as possible, at least 3-4 weeks after the pit hardening period
* For early varieties, thin twice. Do the first thinning before pit hardening begins
and then delay the second until 3-4 weeks after pit hardening has begun.
* Avoid over-thinning. If your tree is a heavy producer, try to moderate the crop by
removing more of the fruitwood during the winter instead.
* Avoid over-fertilizing, particularly during summer.
* Try to maintain even moisture through the growing season and avoid irrigation
just after thinning. Irrigate before thinning and then late in the pit hardening
* If you have already begun to harvest and you have a lot of split pits or fruits
prematurely falling, it is too late to do much about it this year.
Submit Your Suggestion
Other Questions In This Topic
- When should I spray my apple trees?
- I have many different types of fruit trees in my yard. Yellow Delicious, Gala, Jonathan, Macantosh, Elberta Peaches, Stanley Plums, Danjo Pears, Barlet Pears, Apricots, Bing Cherries, and Elderberries. When is the best time to harvest each of these?
- I have two new flowering pear trees that are being used as breakfast, lunch and dinner. I am not sure what is eating them the leaves have large scallops taken out of them. The lower branches have been affected more than the top ones. Any ideas?
- A large branch has died on my apple tree. What could have killed it?
- We live in Herriman and have a 25 x 30 foot plot of land that we would like to turn into an orchard. We would like to plant a variety of apples, pears, plums, and peaches. When should we plant? What kinds should we plant? How many of each should we plant? We are total beginners! Are there books or other resources you would recommend to help us that give answers for our specific area?
- Do I have borers in my peach trees?
- I want to plant 4 fruit trees along the border of my garden. How much space must I give each tree between the brick wall border and between each tree? I am not sure if I should plant a semi-dwarf or dwarf tree for apricots and peaches but I would like a regular sized apple tree. Also, can Gala Apple trees grow here in Utah?
- Two Questions, is Malathion the best spray to use on apple and pear trees and is there a way I could get a list of professionals who spray fruit trees?