What do growing peaches have to do with science? Well, a lot.
Peaches, which are part of the same fruit family that gives us apricots, cherries, nectarines, apricots and plums, require dedication and passion to cultivate and grow! A single peach tree won’t bear fruit until it is 2 or 3 years old. During this time, growing peaches require plenty of TLC. The average peach orchard needs around 40 acre-inches of water per year, or 0.5 inches per day and once a peach tree produces fruit, farmers need to harvest two to four times a year. Which is not a small task! A single tree yields 120–150 pounds of fruit. And the bounty only grows: high-density orchards can yield between 2 to 3 tons of peaches per acre in their second year, and more each following year. That’s, well, pretty fruitful.