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Peach Trees

peach gulf crimson 1 300x236 CARORED PEACH Grow Your Own
Growing your own peaches is well worth the effort. Most of the peaches you buy in the store are picked green, so they rarely resemble the real thing. In other words, they don’t taste so good. If you want SWEET, soft, juicy peaches that aren’t pumped full of chemicals, take the time to grow your own. If you want peaches all summer long, choose several varieties that ripen at different times, as it’s just as easy to take care of half a dozen trees as one.

Research
In researching varieties to grow in our area, we looked into Louisiana State University’s breeding program. Louisiana has a large low-chill peach belt in the southern part of the state that produces some of the finest tasting peaches in the United States. Because of Louisiana’s high humidity, their breeding program is aimed at disease resistance. They achieve some of this resistance by using a simple trick of nature — they breed peaches with extra long fuzz on the skin. This fuzz acts like a raincoat, keeping fungus spores that cause fruit rot from settling in the skin of the peach.

IFASChillMap CARORED PEACH 
Good Breeding
The University of Florida’s great breeding program has given us peaches adapted to the very low chill Zones 9 and 10, as well as Zone 8. New non-melting peaches stay firm while they sweeten up (check out the Gulf and UF series!). This increases eating quality, shelf life and appearance of these wonderful peaches. What a selection to choose from! All peaches are grafted on Nemaguard or Guardian rootstock.

If you are uncertain about your chill hours, contact your County Cooperative Extension Agent or check out the University of Florida IFAS chill hours map for Florida (right) or click for the USDA zone map below.

Peaches in the Landscape

Peaches and nectarines tend to be small, willowy trees, standing 12 to 18 feet tall. Use them as small interest trees in the landscape. Their colorful, pale pink blooms are like cotton candy clouds in the spring.

Group them along a pathway so you can enjoy them close up. Planted close together, they become a thick, fruitful hedge. They can also be planted in large containers for patio gardens.

Peaches, Plums and Nectarines, Oh My!

WHERE SHOULD I PLANT THEM?
Peaches, plums and nectarines prefer well-drained soils and part to full sun.

ROOT STOCK
Peaches, plums and nectarines are highly susceptible to nematodes in the Deep South, especially in sandy soils. Nemagard or Guardian are the preferred rootstocks as they offer resistance to the pesky little worms. Our trees are grafted on either Nemaguard or Guardian so you don’t have to worry.

FERTILIZER
These guys are ferocious feeders so it really pays to do a light application of manure and hay in the spring. Then side dress with a balanced fertilizer high in trace elements in February, May and July.


Just the Facts CARORED PEACH 
«Not sure what to do with Peach Trees or how to grow them? Click here for Just the Facts on planting and care.

USDA CARORED PEACH 
«Click here for the USDA Plant Hardiness Zone Map for your area.

Peach Trees - Peach Varieties- 350 to 650 chill hours

Buying and Growing Tips… 

Low chill peaches come in a good range of ripening seasons, extend your harvest by picking an early and a late season variety. Try the new non melting varieties, they get their sugar early in the season and have a wonderful sweet crunchy texture.

Peach Trees - Tropical Peaches Varieties – 100 to 350 chill hours

Buying and Growing Tips…

Yes you can grow peaches in the subtropics. Thanks to a lot of breeding work done at the University of Florida we have a large range of varieties that will grow and produce fruit in warmer climates. The ripening season range through out the summer so be sure to get an early and a late variety, so you’ll be picking peaches all summer. 

Peach Trees - Ornamental Peach Varieties

Buying and Growing Tips… 

Flowering peaches are one of the most stunning sights in the spring garden. Use them as a specimen plant in a flower bed or line your drive way with them, for clouds of pink flowers in spring.

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