Young stone fruit trees should fruit be removed?

Flatland

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Planted a lot of stone fruit trees last winter so this is their first year. They have all come out in leave & are looking healthy & strong. Several have got young fruit on them. Will it harm the tree to bare fruit in their first year. Don't want to harm my trees but at the same time would love to get a couple of home grown peaches & nectarines.
 

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The standard operation is to remove the fruit because the notion is the young tree is better putting it's energy into growing rather than fruit production.

Most fruit trees are grafted older stock onto young vigorous rootstock so in a way the graft doesn't know it's on a young tree so in effect manually removing the set fruit is acting as nature when most fruit trees have a period of maturity to allow the tree to establish before producing.

Having said that, I have experimented both ways (removing the fruit and leaving it on) over the past 10 years and can't say that I have noticed a big difference in tree growth or health.
 

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That's interesting. My nectarine tree has so many fruit on it that I decided to take at least some off because I don't think the branches could take the weight. But I think I will let it keep the rest. The apricot & peach have only got one or two so they may as well stay.
 

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Indeed the limbs have to be strong enough to take the weight if the fruits, especially mangoes and apples and there is a science to fruit thinning based on each variety of fruit. Some need more thinning than others.