Crops that have passed the stoning stage may be forced on more freely, and the night temperature raised to 60° and 65°, according to state of the weather. As in the case of Vines, make the most of sunny days by shutting up with sun-heat early in the afternoon, giving the trees a syringing with water at 80°. Do not allow the trees to bring a killing crop to maturity. It not only weakens the trees, but the quality of the fruit will not be so high; a Peach to every square foot is plenty for early-forced trees. Water the inside borders with manure-water made from cow or sheep's manure. Tie in the young wood regularly all over the tree, but avoid crowding in an unnecessary amount. Disbud and pinch the young shoots in late houses. Keep a sharp look-out for green-fly, and keep it down, or rather never let it get a footing at all. The Peach is fond of moisture; and the trees in all houses where there is fire-heat applied should be syringed every fine afternoon. Should mildew make its appearance, put a little sulphur in the water, and increase the heat and air. In late houses, where the fruit is all set, give a vigorous syringing to free the fruit of old blooms.

Thin partially when about the size of Peas, but never finally till the fruit are stoned.

Peaches And Nectarines Forcing #1

Raise the temperature in early houses where the fruit have passed the stoning stage to 60° in cold weather, and to 65° when mild at night. Take every opportunity of shutting up early with sun-heat, at the same time syringing the trees with tepid water. Examine the inside border, and if dry, give a good soaking with manure-water in the case of established trees in full bearing; but where the trees are young and growing strongly, use only pure water. Examine the trees carefully, and see that too much wood has not been tied in, and if so, and the foliage is becoming crowded, cut out superfluous shoots at once. Disbud the shoots and thin the fruit where it is thickly set in succession houses. Keep a look-out for green-fly, and get rid of it in the usual way immediately the pest presents itself. Wherever the least signs of mildew appear, dust the affected parts with sulphur, and give plenty of air, keeping the house slightly more dry until it entirely disappears. Give late houses a vigorous syringing immediately the fruit are all set to rid them of the blooms, and partially thin the fruit when the size of Peas.

Peaches And Nectarines Forcing #2

Give more air and less moisture in the early house as soon as the first signs of ripening are observed. If any of the fruit are partially shaded by leaves, push the latter aside, so that the sun may reach as much of each fruit as possible, so that they may be well coloured and flavoured. Where the crop is past the stoning stage the night heat may range to 65°. Shut them up early on fine afternoons, running the heat up to 80° for a time, at the same time well syringing the trees. When the inside borders require water, in the case of old trees bearing heavily, give a thorough soaking of manure-water, and if not already attended to, mulch the border with rotten manure. Tie in the wood in later houses, and in doing so avoid crowding it. Thin the fruit by degrees, leaving the final thinning till they are stoned. If green-fly appears, fumigate with tobacco; and to keep spider from making its appearance, as well as for the general welfare of the trees, syringe freely on every fine afternoon at shut-ing-up time.

Allow young trees that are inclined to grow grossly to bear heavily, and stop or remove any shoots that may be growing much more vigorously than the others.

Peaches And Nectarines Forcing #3

In early houses where the stoning stage is past, the temperature may be 60° in cold and 65° in mild weather, if it be wished to have the fruit ripe as soon as possible. Take every opportunity of shutting up early with sun-heat, at the same time syringing the trees with tepid water. If the inside border be dry, and the trees be old, give a good soaking with manure-water. Examine the trees carefully, and see that the crop is not too heavy, and that too many young growths have not been tied in, and remove some fruit and shoots rather than have too many to injure the tree. Disbud the growths and thin the fruit by degrees in succession-houses. Keep a sharp look-out for green-fly, and if it appears, fumigate with tobacco in two successive nights, and syringe the trees with clean water the following day. Give abundance of air to crops that are wanted for ripening late.