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Growing Peaches

Growing Peaches

Contender Peach

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 Popular, hardy trees grown for their delicious fruit. Hardy in zones 5 to 8, and Contender (30792) is hardy to zone 4. Peaches are self-fruitful, so multiple varieties are not required for pollination. Fruit is excellent for eating fresh, freezing, canning, and in desserts. Closely related to Nectarines. Keep trees in a cool place out of direct sun until planted. Can hydrate before planting by soaking roots in water for 2 to 3 hours. Plant outdoors in spring 4 to 8 weeks before the last frost. Loosen the soil 18 to 24 inches deep and wide enough to easily fit all the roots. Mix compost or other organic matter into loosened soil. Remove any damaged or broken roots, and spread remaining roots without bending them. Plant slightly deeper than when grown in the nursery.

Maintenance

For full sun in well-drained soil. Trees may need support after planting, especially in windy areas. Requires annual winter pruning for good growth and fruit production. Removing dropped fruit, fallen leaves, and pruned wood reduces overwintering of diseases and pests.

Fertilizer Recommendations

Use Gromax Fertilizer Tablets 20-10-5 (51165) or full rates of Algoflash All-Purpose Liquid Fertilizer 6-6-6 (51085) or Neptune Fish & Seaweed Fertilizer 2-3-1 (51221).

Alternative Products

Other stone fruit trees include Nectarine, Pear, and Plum

Complimentary Products

Plants are moderate feeders and benefit from annual fertilization. Use Bonide Fruit Tree Spray (50310) to treat pest and disease problems. Protect trees from deer damage with new Deer Fence Kit (52113).

Product Recommendations

Use Bird-X Netting to prevent bird damage.

Peach Facts

Usually not difficult to grow but benefits from preventative spraying. A number of pests and diseases can attack plants, including borers, Japanese beetle, oriental fruit moth, plum curculio, mites, stink bug, tarnished plant bug, bacterial spot, brown rot, leaf curl, and powdery mildew. Related to Apricot, Nectarines, and Plums.

 

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