A post from Brad at AB Phillips & Sons Fruit Farm
Despite an extremely early spring, our peaches survived all frost scares and produced a heavy set of fruit. Consequently we are now thinning most of them off! Peach trees only need 5% of their bloom to make a full crop. Over-cropping leads to small, not as tasty, fruit and more broken branches. So I am knocking them off now by a time honored method – a stiff section of hose on a broomstick! See before and after photos as an example.
Peaches before thinning:
Peaches after thinning: