Peaches and Nectarines

Browse our beautiful selection of peaches and nectarines!

Prunus persica
Nothing beats the flavor of a fresh peach, ripened in your own backyard. Our disease resistant varieties now make it easy for you to succeed. Most of our trees will grow to 10 to 15 feet tall but a couple make very small trees ideally suited to grow in a pot.

Useful Facts

Hardiness: USDA Zones 5-9
Sun or shade: Full sun.
Plant spacing: 15 feet apart.
Pollination: All the varieties we offer are self-fertile.
Height at maturity: 12-16', genetic dwarfs 3-5'.
Life expectancy: 20 years.
Years to first fruit: 2-3
Method of propagation: Summer chip budding and T budding. Grafting does not work well.

How to Grow

Soil requirements: Adaptable to many soils as long as they are well drained.
Cultural requirements: Unlike apples, standard peach trees require heavy pruning to produce well. Prune off old wood, always renewing branches, because peaches bear on new wood only. Prune to an open center vase shape or trellis in a fan shape on a fence or wall.
Leaf curl control: Please note that even the leaf curl resistant peaches we offer will get some leaf curl for the first few years. To control leaf curl, spray lime sulfur when the buds first crack open in late December or early January and then three weeks later. Or if spraying by the calendar, spray once in late December and twice more at two week intervals.
About genetic dwarfs: Genetic dwarf peaches and nectarines are great for growing in a pot on the patio or deck or in the ground. Each is grafted about 18 inches high on Lovell rootstock to make a beautiful dwarf bush .like the one pictured. Each needs only 500 chilling hours and can be grown in most of the nation. All genetic dwarfs are susceptible to leaf curl but it is easily controlled by covering the tree with plastic (a bag works well) from December until February. Remember to remove the plastic in late February.

How to Use

In the kitchen: Wonderful eaten fresh, dried, in pies, canned or with ice cream.
In the landscape: Trees are fast growing and have attractive leaves and fragrant pink blossoms.

For Your Health: White fleshed peaches are higher in phytonutrients than yellow fleshed varieties.The skin is the most nutritious part. The variety Indian Free with its red-streaked flesh is particularly high in anthocyanins and antioxidants.




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