Growers in Hanoi are busy taking care of peach trees for the coming Lunar New Year or Tet Holiday.
Many peach villages in Hanoi such as Nhat Tan and Phu Thuong are concentrating on plucking leaves for peach trees.
The right time for trimming leaves accounts for 70% of the peach blossoming’s success, so peach garden owners have to hire workers, including students, to do the pruning.
Manh Hung, a peach grower in Hanoi, said that he hired around 10 people. The colder it is, the later the work is.
It requires a great amount of work to ensure a successful crop, including soil preparation and shape creation. The two last months of the year are the most important period.
If leaves are left to fall naturally, the peaches will blossom after Tet. Therefore, it is necessary to prune peach leaves before Tet.
The trimming time depends on different kinds of peach trees.
Each worker is paid VND200-250,000 (USD8.69-10.8) for 8 hours of work.
Some households spend millions of VND to hire people for the work.
Peach growers also support one another to prune the trees alternatively to save the costs.