No Peaches for Piglet

A couple of years ago I bought a peach tree. I planted the baby tree in a large pot, talked to it daily and it thrived. This year it flowered and the flowers, to my delight, turned to peaches.

Piglet's Homegrown Peaches

Piglet’s Homegrown Peaches

After months of waiting for the peaches to grow and then ripen, I decided today was the day…

However, as I picked the peaches I realised something was wrong. The tiny brown spots, which I assumed were just spots, turned out to be holes the size of pinpricks. Out of the holes ran miniscule brown insects. When I cut into the peaches I could have cried.

Maggots in peaches

Maggots in peaches

The inside of the peaches were brown and a writhing mass of maggots. I now need to consult Mr. Google to see what preventive measures I can take to ensure I don’t experience the same problem next year.

You win some and lose some…

Any suggestions to prevent further infestation next year would be appreciated.

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15 responses to “No Peaches for Piglet

  1. Oh no, what a nasty surprise. It seems a weird year for peaches. Our tree didn’t even flower! We only got it last year and it flowered last year.

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  2. I had same problem last year,this year only two peaches(lack of bees) one dropped off and was rotten,the other was delicious.

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  3. That is heartbreaking. As a frequent failed grower of things that are allegedly good to eat (but that I rarely get to actually, you know, eat), I feel for you.

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  4. That’s disappointing, PiP. We had fruit trees growing up ~ apples and peaches. My parents had to spray them if we wanted ripe fruit sans insects.

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  5. Oh no, how disappointing for you. I think you have to spray them when the fruit is just starting to develop, to keep fruit flies away.

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  6. Some local hope – same thing two years back: watched the developing ones like a hawk and removed the ‘?’ ones last year . . . . clear this year, so best luck next year!!!!

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  7. Oh no. Damn nature.

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  8. That’s very disappointing! My husband’s family were peach, apple, and walnut growers. They had to treat there trees with pesticides. If you don’t want to do that you’ll have to Google organic methods. Good luck! They looked good though.

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  9. so sad 😦 so sorry

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  10. Ugh, gross. So sorry. 😦

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  11. Dear Piglet, that’s very disappointing and happened to me last year. I think it’s the MedFly. If you don’t want to spray, go to the Chinese supermarket and buy some organza wedding bags. Tie them round Each peach when they are young, so the bag encloses them. I did that this year and although the peaches in the bags were smaller, 90 per cent were ok. The trees looked prettytoo! Also, plant tansy and rue at the base of your trees. Chickens are good in orchards too, as they eat the fly when it is newly hatched and on the ground. Medfly gets many fruits. It’s awful. Good luck next year!

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  12. Bless your heart. That’s such a shame. I hope you can find a way to get rid of those nasty-buggers so next year you can have a healthy crop to eat.

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  13. Although I cannot offer a solution, I had a similar problem with my peaches in Portugal and with my plums in the UK. The plums were a disaster last year but this year, although we did have an occurrence, it was significantly much less of a problem than the last. So perhaps the problem will diminish with time. I have not check my peaches in Portugal this year, so don’t know if the problem remains.

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