Peaches are best when eaten right off of the tree. They are early bearing and easy to grow. They are self-pollinating, but usually perform better with a pollinator near by. Many people have successfully grown peaches in the area. There are a few secrets that seem to help your chances of growing peaches.
1. Many people who plant peach trees in our area discover that their tree does well in the summer and then dies in the winter. This is because of the heating and cooling that takes place in the winter (winter sun-burn). To avoid winter sun-burn on peach trees, it is best to plant peach trees on the North side of a building or a location where they do not receive a lot of southwest sunlight in the winter, but also where they will receive adequate sunlight (5 or more hours) in the summer.
2. Don't fertilize peach trees in late summer or fall. Peaches do best with a light spring fertilization.
3. Don't over water peach trees. Many peach trees can suffer from root rot. It is better to have water running slightly away from the tree trunk rather than forming a basin of water around the tree trunk.
We recommend three varieties for our area:
Contender - A freestone peach with great hardiness. Many people use this variety for fresh eating, canning, and freezing. Hardy in zones 4b-8.
Reliance - A freestone peach with a reputation for performance in colder areas. It has late blooming tendencies that help it to avoid late spring frost damage. It is also good for eating, canning, and freezing. Hardy in zones 5-8.
PF-24C (Patented Variety) - This peach is part of the famous Paul Friday peach collections. This freestone peach has been known to produce even after very tough winters. This peach is also a late bloomer which helps it avoid late spring frosts. It is best used for fresh eating, but can also be canned or frozen. Hardy in zones 4b-8.
Disclaimer: This is a listing of varieties that have performed well in the area. This listing does not guarantee that the varieties are in stock. Please call to inquire if an item is in stock or not.