The Q&A Archives: Choosing Peach Varieties

Question: What is the best type of peach tree to plant for a family who would use some in recipes and eat some right off the tree?

Answer: So you're looking for good fresh peaches rather than those that are good to can. There are lots to choose from! Here are some characteristics to keep in mind when reading about peaches. First of all, if you want a single tree, make sure the variety you choose is self-pollinating. Some peach varieties require pollen from a different tree in order to produce fruit. Second, consider whether you want a dwarf (around 8' tall) semi-dwarf, or standard (15' or more) sized tree. Next, check for disease resistance, and then for ripening time. Different varieties ripen anywhere from July through September. You can stretch your harvest by planting trees with different ripening times. Also, it's best to purchase registered disease-free stock that has been grown as close to your home as possible. Then you know it's suited to your growing conditions. If you can't find suitable sources within driving distance, try these sources:

Mellinger's, 2310 W. South Range Rd., North Lima, OH 44452, ph# 216/549-9861
Miller Nurseries, 5060 West Lake Rd., Canandaigua, NY 14424, ph# 800/836-9630


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