How do you grow dwarf peach trees?


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Grow dwarf peach trees by choosing a suitable location, preparing the soil, planting the tree, watering it and pruning it when necessary. When purchasing the tree, inspect it for signs of disease, such as discolored leaves, black spots, deformities or misshapen roots.

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  1. Prepare the site

    Choose a spacious area with full sunlight and sandy, well-draining soil. Prepare a hole about 18 inches deep, and line the bottom 1 to 2 inches deep with compost.

  2. Plant the tree

    Plant the dwarf peach tree in late winter or early spring before the growing season starts. Before planting the tree, soak the roots in water for 24 hours, and cut off any deformed or damaged roots. Shape a small mound of soil in the bottom of the hole. Spread the roots out over the mound so the graft line above the roots is 2 to 3 inches above ground. Fill in the hole with soil, and press it down gently. Surround the tree with a layer of compost, making sure the compost does not touch the trunk.

  3. Water the tree

    Water the tree well after planting. Afterwards, water it well twice a week, but wait until the soil dries between watering sessions. It may be necessary to water more often in hot, dry weather.

  4. Prune the tree

    Prune the tree in winter or early spring before the growing season. Cut off weak, spindly or misshapen branches, or branches that cross or twist around other branches. When fruit arrives, thin immature fruit to only one peach every 3 to 4 inches so the peaches can ripen properly.

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