Tree, Peach


QUICK REFERENCE PLANTING GUIDE

1. Light/Sun Exposure - Full to partial sun.

2. USDA Hardiness Zones - As indicated below:

  • 'Dwarf Sensation' - 4 to 8.
  • 'Redhaven' - 5 to 8.
  • 'Jumbo Pie' - 5 to 8.
  • 'Saturn' - 5 to 8.
  • 'Bonanza' - 6 to 8.
  • 'Bonfire' - 6 to 9.
  • 'Peach Me' Yellow, Donut and Red - Winter hardy in ground in zones 8 to 10 only. Zones 3 to 7 must plant in a container and provide winter protection.

 

3. Planting Distance - As indicated below:

  • 'Dwarf Sensation' - 10 to 12 feet apart in ground.
  • 'Redhaven' - 12 to 15 feet apart in ground.
  • 'Jumbo Pie' - 12 to 15 feet apart in ground.
  • 'Saturn' - 12 to 15 feet apart in ground.
  • 'Bonanza' - 10 to 15 feet apart in ground.
  • 'Bonfire' - 10 to 15 feet apart in ground.
  • 'Peach Me' Collection - In ground 5 feet apart

 

4. Mature Height/Spread - As indicated below.

  • 'Dwarf Sensation' - 4 to 6 feet with similar spread.
  • 'Redhaven' - 12 to 15 feet with similar spread.
  • 'Jumbo Pie' - 10 to 12 feet tall or more with a 6 to 8 foot spread.
  • 'Saturn' - 10 to 12 feet tall or more with a 6 to 8 foot spread.
  • 'Bonanza' - 4 to 6 feet tall with a similar top spread.
  • 'Bonfire' - 5 to 6 feet tall with a similar top spread.
  • 'Peach Me Collection' - 6 to 7 feet with a similar top spread. Container planting can be up to 5 feet tall and wide, depending on the size of the container.

 

5. Bloom Time - Spring.

6. Planting Instructions - See Below.

A. Dig a hole large enough to give the roots plenty of room with a few inches of space beyond the root tips and the sides of the hole. Build a mound of soil in the bottom of the hole and spread the roots in a natural position atop the mound.

B. Position the plant so that the previous soil line will be even with ground level. The stem/trunk will be darker in color below the original planting line and lighter in color above it.

C. Once the plant is positioned at the proper planting depth begin filling the hole with soil. Work the soil around the roots with your hands. When the hole is half filled tamp the soil to remove any air pockets.

D. Fill the planting hole with water and allow it soak in. Straighten the plant in the hole and finish filling with soil.

E. Form a "saucer" of soil around the edges of the planting hole and fill it with water.

F. Stake the tree to assist the roots in getting anchored. Staking will also maintain upper balance so that the trunk will continue to grow straight.

GET THE MOST ENJOYMENT

Redhaven is the peach by which all others are measured. No wonder! Its heavy bearing, cold hardy, resists leaf spot, and the fruit is spectacular. You'll enjoy bushels of big, luscious peaches that have an almost fuzzless skin over firm, creamy yellow flesh. Fruit is medium to large size and is just right for fresh snacks, canning or freezing.

Dwarf Sensation - For those people with limited garden space who want to grow fruit and don't have the proper climate or who simply want the unusual, here's our novel fruit-producing 'Dwarf Sensation' Peach that will be the envy of any neighborhood... and it makes an ideal fruit-producing ornamental in a large patio container.  The fruit is excellent for eating fresh, canning, freezing or for making old-fashioned peach cobbler.

Jumbo Pie - This peach has excellent flavor, is firm, and colors well with multiple pickings.  This variety has been recognized as the world's largest peach for several years and grows a lot of huge fruit.

Saturn -  Funny, flat peaches are red, freestone peaches that open up to tender, white flesh with a mild, sweet flavor.

Bonanza - The tree is self-fruitful and the fruit ripens mid to late June. The fruit has a yellow skin with a vibrant red blush. The yellow freestone flesh is sweet and low in acid, with a mild, refreshing flavor and is excellent for eating fresh, canning, and freezing or for making old-fashioned peach cobbler.

Bonfire - Bears delicious, mid-summer peaches. Great for small-space gardens or container gardening. Dark burgundy leaves follow beautiful, pink blossoms that emerge in early spring.

 

Peach Me Collection: Red, Yellow and Donut, were specifically developed for small spaces. Grafterdonto the most innovated root stock, this will reduce the vigor of the plant to provide a controlled growth habit. Perfect for the patio or terrace gardener and can also be used in the orchard in warmer climates. Suggested chill hours are 200-300.

 

SOIL PREPARATION

Although these plants will perform well in average garden soils of all types, we recommend having your soil tested periodically by the local County Extension Office.  These tests can determine if the soil needs any amendments to enhance your plants' growth and performance.  See below for our recommended practice to improve your soil without any additional testing:

1. Spade or rototill the soil to a depth of 12-18".

2. It is always good to add organic matter to your soil. You can mix in a 2-4" layer of dehydrated manure, garden compost, shredded leaves and/or peat moss.

3. After active growth begins, periodically feed with Cottage Farms' water soluble Carefree Bud-N-Flower Booster for Fruits and Vegetables.

 

CONTINUING CARE

Watering - Your plants require 1" of rainfall (or equivalent watering) each week when planted in the ground.  Do not allow plants in containers to dry out.  In a container that is exposed to full sun, water it well at least once every other day, and possibly every day, during periods of intense summer heat.  You may wish to temporarily move containerized plants to an area where they are shielded from the hot summer sun (i.e. in the shade of a tree, on a porch near an overhang). 

Mulching - Apply a 2-4" layer of shredded bark, compost or other organic mulch around your plants to promote moisture retention, maintain even soil temperatures, and to discourage weed growth.

Weeding - Keep the area around your plants free of weeds. Weeds compete with other plants for food, water and light. Walk around the garden periodically and pull weeds, including the roots, as soon as you see them. Mulch also assists in keeping weeds down.

Grooming - Improves the size and quality of the tree and maintains a healthy, happy plant for many years. Remove any branches that become overlapped, damaged, or unsightly.  To ensure your tree keeps its form and doesn't try to become a bush, remove any growth that appears on the trunk below the main branches as it appears.  Also remove any growth coming up from the root system.

Feeding - Discontinue feeding after September 1st so your plants can harden off for winter dormancy. Resume fertilizing when new growth appears in spring and feed once every 2 to 3 weeks with Cottage Farms' water soluble Carefree Bud-N-Flower Booster for Fruits and Vegetables.

Winterizing - The time to protect your plants in the garden is after the ground has frozen. At that time, apply a winter mulch of evergreen boughs, straws or leaves to prevent lifting of the plant's roots during alternating periods of freezing and thawing.

For container planting, move plants next to your home's southern foundation for added warmth and protection. They may also be moved into an unheated, protected area such as a garage or cellar. If moved to a protected area be sure you water them well once every 7 to 10 days.

In spring, remove the mulch from in-ground plantings.   Also, bring containerized plants back out into the garden sunlight where they will immediately begin to repeat their yearly garden performance. 

CAUTION: Not all plant material is edible. Though most plants are harmless, some contain toxic substances which can cause headaches, nausea, dizziness, or other discomforts. As a general rule, only known food products should be eaten. In case of ingestion, please contact your local poison control center at once and advise them of the plant ingested. Keep out of reach of children.