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Fertilization

Fertility Management – Implications If Done Incorrectly
The single most important nutrient that is needed and used by the peaches every year is nitrogen.

The importance of nitrogen
How this vital nutrient is absolutely necessary for a healthy and productive peach orchard.  However, he notes that if applied incorrectly, a host of problems can result.

The importance of water
The importance of supplemental irrigation for peach trees – especially during dry spells in the summer.  He notes vital times when trees need water to maximize the impact on final fruit size. 

Let there be light
The importance of orchard tree row orientation (North-South is best) and tree canopy management to maximize light interception for its positive impact on fruit growth, skin coloration, overall fruit quality, yield, return bloom, and overall tree health.

Maintaining quality with sulfur
Managing the peach scab disease using sulfur and other products.  In dry, low-disease pressure years, sulfur is an effective, inexpensive alternative to more expensive fungicides. 

Numerous factors affect peach quality
Peach fruit quality is influenced by fruit handling, the orchard environment, cultivar genetics, and other manipulations that can be made by the grower.