Dwarf peach


The “dwarf” version of some fruit plants such as peach or apricot lends itself particularly well to being grown in pots, as long as you have a fairly spacious balcony. So you can combine the decorative effect of your plant with the possibility of tasting its fruits. As for the irrigation of the dwarf peachparticular attention must be paid during the summer period: during the hot season it will be necessary to water regularly in order to always keep the soil moist. Avoid excessive humidity that could be harmful to the plant: it is advisable not to overdo the amount of water, better to water twice a day in moderation than to “drown” your peach tree. Check the saucer often: if it is full of water, avoid watering. During the winter, watering must be suspended completely, unless there is a long period of drought. Only in this case you will have to intervene to wet the plant.

Necessary care

First consider the space available to you: the newly purchased seedlings will have a size of about 80 cm and when adult they could reach 150, 200 cm, so make sure you have a large enough balcony. Buy young plants that have not exceeded one year of age and transplant them in a pot at least 50×50, preferably in earthenware. It is important to ensure good drainage for your plant so make sure the pot has a drainage hole in the bottom, cover it with a piece of earthenware and create a base layer at least 7cm thick of expanded clay. For the soil, choose garden soil and mix it in the measure of 70 and 30 with mature manure. Alternatively, you can use citrus soil. Once you have reached the desired size, to prevent your plant from continuing to grow, you will need to periodically extract it to cut off excess roots. You will realize the need to do this when the soil has been made compact and impenetrable by the roots. Avoid watering the plant for a few days to facilitate the extraction process, to be carried out preferably in autumn / late winter.


Your fruit plant will need a lot of nutrients to grow healthy and strong: nutrients are chemical elements present in the soil that help the plant in development and fruiting. The main ones are nitrogen (N), phosphorus (P) and potassium (K). The first fertilization must take place when the plant is placed in its new pot. An organic fertilizer, such as mature manure, or citrus potting soil will suffice. Subsequently it will be necessary to fertilize at every beginning of spring using a suitable fertilizer for fruit plants or organic fertilizer such as manure or manure integrated with mineral fertilizers. Never exceed the doses indicated on the fertilizer packages as an excess of nutrients can be as harmful as their absence.

Dwarf peach: Exposure, diseases and remedies

For a full development your plant will need a good exposure to the sun’s rays: therefore make sure that it is reached by direct sunlight even in winter. The most serious disease of the peach tree is called peach bubble and is due to a fungus that attacks the leaves causing the characteristic bubbles and subsequently causing them to dry out and fall. To prevent the formation of the fungus it is necessary to apply two treatments on the bare plant, in winter, taking care to apply the product on the buds of future leaves in the indicated doses. If the peach tree has not been treated before the leaves appear and the presence of the fungus is noted, it is possible to intervene with special fungicide products with interventions every 10-15 days. Another fungus is powdery mildew which creates whitish deposits on branches and leaves: it must be treated with sulfur or with specific chemical products. The main pests of the peach tree are aphids and the red spider, which can cause serious damage to the leaves of the plant. It is important to intervene promptly using pesticide products. It is also possible to resort to the use of antagonistic insects such as ladybugs.

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