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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.


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 rootsock.

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 (left) or click for the USDA zone map HERE.




Some Great Organic Solutions to Peach Bugs and Fungi

White Peach Scale - Spray once at leaf drop and again at bud break with dormant oil.

Peach Tree Borers - Pack wood ashes around the base of the trunk to keep the borers from laying their eggs.

Brown Rot - Use wettable sulphur sprays every two weeks during fruit ripening season.


   Click Here for the 2012 USDA Plant Hardiness Zone Map to find out your areas hardiness zone.
   Want to learn more about chill hours in your area? If you live in Florida, Georgia, Alabama, North Carolina or South Carolina, try the Agroclimate.org link.

Peach Varieties (Prunus Persica) - 350 to 650 chill hours

Carored Peach 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). Available in October.

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 Available in October.

Gulf Crimson Peach 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 Peach 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). Available in October.






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). Available in October.


Junegold Peach Junegold Peach 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). Available in October.

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). Available in October.

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 Peach

Roddenberry Peach 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). Available in October.





TROPICAL PEACHES

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!

Flordabelle Peach 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.





FLORIDA PRINCE 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 Peach 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). Available in October.







Tropic Snow Peach 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).







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UF Beauty Peach 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 BEST Just released in 2012 from the University of Florida, UF Best is a large, yellow fleshed clingstone that is 95-100% RED when ripe! Excellent producer of non-melting peaches. Ripens mid-April. Self-pollinating. 100 chill hours. Zone 9. $32.99 3 gal (4-5ft). Available in October.

UF ONE Released in 2008 by the University of Florida, UF One is a non-melting, medium to large semi-clingstone peach. Ripens early May. Self pollinating. 250 chill hours. Zone 8B-9. $32.99 3 gal (4-5ft). Available in October.

UF Sun Peach 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). Available in October.







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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).

ORNAMENTAL PEACHES

Peppermint Peach 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).







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.





Just the Facts

Not sure what to do with peaches and necatarines or how to grow them right? DON'T PANIC! Push the panic button and we will give you "Just the Facts" you need to successfully grow them.




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.


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