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Hi all!
I planted a few peach trees and an apple tree about a month ago, and I'm wondering if someone can share a bit about watering schedules.  In that they're new, do I need to be watering them more/less often than when they've been in for a while?  What will the regular watering schedule be later on?  Summer, winter?

thanks a bunch,

Jason

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Just as with a mature tree, you must allow the soil to dry out between watering. However, unlike a mature tree, you must be extra vigilant to make sure the soil doesn't stay dry too long. The newly planted tree does not have the root system to stay dry as long as a mature tree.
Yes, I've also recently planted peach trees and they have fruit! I did not add fertilizer in order to encourage the roots to search for food and establish a sturdy base.
Dang girl, you've got fruit already? Nice. I planted mine right after tree day, a May Pride and an August Pride peach, and an apple - and when I get back into town there better be fruit waiting!

How often are you watering yours these warmish April days?
Where did you transplant from? I have been looking into a banana, which varietal did you go with? What part of your yard did you put it in?
My 2 peach trees that I planted in Jan are growing nicely and seem healthy, in fact we already harvested 2 delicious peaches in June. I've recently observed that the older leaves are developing a rustiness around the edges but the new leaves are clean. Is this something I should be concerned about?
Thanks, Chris. Any suggestions for a natural treatment if the rust turns out to be mites? What's the best source for diagnostics? We're watering about twice a week, so I think they're hydrated.
Thanks much, N
I heard that with strawberries, you want to cut off the flowers and any fruit the first year to force the plant to develop roots. Growing the flowers and subsequent fruit diverts energies the plant should be using to grow roots. Since it is trying to get established I have have been, and would suggest, doing that, especially at this time of year when the weather can stress plants, new and old.
update -
So it has been a few months since I posted the original question, and as these have been my very first few trees entirely under my care, I've been trying to keep 'em going strong.

At first I was watering about every 4 days - the soil seemed to get dry and I was noticing that the leaves just weren't looking healthy. Then I changed it to every 3 days as it got hotter.

The leaves had turned a golden color and continued to just not look healthy. Then I visited Greenfield citrus and the gal there told me that it was likely getting too much water, and was also likely to be getting too much sun.

Hmph. Who knew!? I didn't.

So now I've built a few sunscreens over each tree and am cutting back on watering to at the most once a week. I'll let you know the progress.

It's funny, if it's not lookin' good, my inclination is to think 'MORE WATER!!!'. Alas, it is not so.

Good luck with your trees.
FWIW I water each of my now two year old fruit trees (no citrus) once a week. Each tree gets approximately 35-40 gallons all at once (because I'm using graywater and I've given up on the drip system that came with the graywater setup ever working) and each tree is deeply mulched. This has been the pattern since all seventeen of them were planted. Everything except the Mango--including the Avocado--seems to do very well with this pattern; most have doubled in size. And the Mango's supposed to be the easy one. Go figure.

Denise
The avocado is from the rare fruit guy out on Southern, as is the Mango. I think I need to be patient with the Mango. It's not dead, just not expanding at all. I can't find anything that gives me a "how much water per foot ratio" for the trees, so I'm using my best judgment and crossing my fingers.

D
I'm on his site looking for reassurance a lot.
The avocado is grafted...got great hopes for that one!
d
That's good info about SRP. Thanks.



Another question - in that the soil needs to dry out between waterings, for how long should it be dry? Having read a bit so far, I know the answer to that changes depending on details, but what about with a new tree?? One day being dry? Two days? 7?

It's a funny thing - it's not as intuitive as I would have thought. If it were, I would have "intuited" that it wanted/needed water ever couple of days! Not so true.

J

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