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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.
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.
for the 2012 USDA Plant Hardiness Zone Map to find out your areas hardiness zone.
Peach Varieties (Prunus Persica) - 350 to 650 chill hours
CARORED PEACH Beautiful velvety red-skinned peaches with sweet, juicy yellow flesh ripen about mid to late May. Self-pollinating. 650 chill hours.
Zones 8A and 8B. $29.99 3 gal(4-5ft).
FLORDAKING University of Florida
release that allows us to
have fresh, ripe peaches in early May, and they're so sweet!
Fruit averages 2 to 2 1/2 inches in diameter. Clingstone,
with beautiful, red-blushed skin and golden-yellow flesh.
Ripens early to mid-May. Self-pollinating. 400-450 chill hours.
Zone 8B. $29.99 3 gal (4-5ft).
FLORDACREST Another tasty peach from the folks at UF. Flordacrest has many of the same characteristics as the Flordaking, but since it ripens afterwards it's a great way to extend your peach growing season. Semi-clingstone with yellow flesh and red-blushed skin.
Ripens mid-May. Self-pollinating. 400-425 chill hours. Zone 8B. $29.99 3 gal
GULF CRIMSON Sweet tasting, medium to large sized yellow fleshed peach. Clingstone with small pits that resist splitting.
Patented. Ripens mid to late May. Self-pollinating.400 chill hours. Zones 8A and 8B. $32.99 3 gal (4-5ft).
GULF KING Large clingstone peach with small pits.
Red over gold skin and yellow flesh. Firm, sweet flesh that can ripen longer on the tree.
Plant Patent No. 14683 P2. Ripens early May. Self-pollinating. 350-400 chill hours.
Zones 8A and 8B.$32.99 3 gal (4-5ft).
GULFPRINCE High yields of medium-sized peaches
with red- blushed skin and golden-yellow flesh. Firm, sweet flesh that can ripen longer on the tree.
Plant Patent No. 12686. Ripens late May to early June. Self-pollinating. 400 chill hours.
Zones 8A and 8B. $32.99 3 gal (4-5ft).
JUNEGOLD Late bloomer that's good for you folks in frost pockets. Large freestone peach
with beautiful, red- blushed skin and golden-yellow flesh. Great for canning.
Ripens in June. Self-pollinating. 650 chill hours. Zone 8A and 8B. $29.99 3 gal (4-5ft).
LA FELICIANA Developed by the Louisana State University, La Feliciana is a late-ripening, large, sweet,
freestone peach. Heavy production and excellent flavor make this one a
must for the home orchard. Ripens in July.
Self-pollinating. 550 chill hours. Zones 8A and 8B. $29.99 3 gal (4-5ft).
LA PECHE Okay, we know it means "The Peach" but it's still a really great peach developed by those folks at LSU.
La Peche is a medium to large semi freestone with yellow flesh, flecked with red.
Ripens in late June. Self-pollinating. 450 chill hours. Zone 8B. $29.99 3 gal (4-5ft).
RIO GRANDE Large, yellow fleshed freestone peach with a red blush. Juicy and firm.
Ripens in June. Self-pollinating. 450 chill hours. Zones 8B. $29.99 3 gal (4-5ft).
RODDENBERRY HEIRLOOM WHITE A white-fleshed, low acid peach,
ripe in June. This one comes true from seed that our friend Peggy gave us.
This local peach may get attacked by borers, but will come back from the root
(we also think it is less likely to be attacked than others, but we don't have enough data on it yet).
This aromatic and flavorful beauty is famous locally and is a winner! From Sopchoppy Florida
and flowers early, so we estimate about 450-550 chill hours. You might experiment with this
one as far south as Gainesville. Ripens June. Self-pollinating. Found in Zone 8B. $29.99 3 gal (4-5ft).
Known for its showy flowers, Sam's been around since Texas A&M introduced it in 1965. Its
parentage includes a cross of Early Elberta and Floriberta. Yellow freestone peaches are
round to oval with large tips. They're described as having “low to medium firmness, and
sub-acid flavor” (that's a scientific description, to be sure, from Auburn University). Any
peach whose mama was called Elberta is bound to be a good one. Ripens in June. Self-pollinating.
500 chill hours. Zones 8A and 8B. $29.99 3 gal (4-5ft).
Tropical peaches have been bred for super low
chill zones like 9-10 (less than 300 chill hours). Try these as far south as Orlando!
Yellow fleshed, small to medium clingstone peach that ripens before all the rest.
You'll be enjoying these tasty beauties two weeks before any other variety.
Ripens mid April. Self-pollinating. 200 chill hours. Zone 9. $29.99 3 gal (4-5ft).
FLORDABELLE High yielding and big, a red skinned peach for Central Florida.
Fruit averages 2 1/2 to 3 inches in diameter.
Golden-yellow flesh. Ripens early to mid-May. Self-pollinating. 200 chill hours.
Zone 9. $29.99 3 gal (4-5ft).
Medium-sized fruit is semi-cling and early, requiring only 150 chill units. They grow it down in Phoenix, AZ, so you know it's taking the heat.
Firm yellow flesh is covered by a beautiful deep red-blushed skin. Ripens in May. Self-pollinating.
150 chill hours. Zone 9. $29.99 3 gal (4-5ft).
TROPIC BEAUTY Medium-sized, red-skinned peach. Soft, melting,
semi-freestone, yellow center. Excellent flavor. Ripens mid-May.
Self-pollinating. 150 chill hours. Zone 9.
$29.99 3 gal (4-5ft).
TROPIC SNOW A sweet, low acid peach for Central Florida. White flesh freestone.
Ripens mid-May. Self-pollinating. 200 chill hours. Zone 9. $29.99 3 gal (4-5ft).
UF2000 Another great peach developed by University of Florida for our friends further south, UF2000 has a winter chilling requirement
of only 250-300 hours (defined as units below 45F). It is a big, vigorously growing tree, bearing heavy crops of beautiful, symmetrical clingstone
fruit with juicy, firm yellow flesh. The skin is about half yellow-orange and half bright red. Ripens mid to late May. Self-pollinating. Zones Lower 8B-9.
UF BEAUTY Low chill, early ripening peach. Good disease resistance on one of the best and sweetest new peaches. Another non-melting peach that sweetens longer on the tree.
Plant Patent No. 14784. Ripens mid May. Self-pollinating. 200 chill hours. Zone 9.
$32.99 3 gal (4-5ft).
UF SUN Ultra-low chill, non-melting peach sweetens
longer on the tree. Red over bright yellow skin and sweet yellow flesh.
Semi-clingstone. Plant Patent No. 146764. Ripens in late April to early May. Self-pollinating. 100 chill hours.
Zone 9. $32.99 3 gal (4-5ft).
UFO Exciting new peach variety from University of Florida! The unusual, saucer-shaped
peach has a firm, non-melting texture and an incredible sweet taste.
According to Wayne Sherman, the breeder of this beauty and a professor with UF's Institute
of Food and Agricultural Sciences, this peach has been popular in Asia for hundreds of years,
and was a favorite of Chinese emperors because they could turn it around in their hand and
eat it without dripping juice in their beards. Fortunately, you don't have to be an
emperor to grow one now, if you live between Tampa and north of Gainesville.
Plant Patent No. 113352. Semi-freestone with yellow flesh.
Self-pollinating. 250 chill hours. Zones Lower 8B-9. $32.99 3 gal (4-5ft).
PEPPERMINT No fruit, but WOW what a flower! Large, double petalled red/pink/white striped blossoms burst forth
in mid spring. Say hello to spring with this beauty. Will sometimes bear all white or all pink flowers on a branch.
Zones 6-9. $29.99 3 gal (4-5ft).
Are we out of what you are looking for? Email us at Justfruits@hotmail.com and we'll put you on the "Call When Available" list. We will call you!
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