Southwest Gardening forum: Peach Trees

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rayman6422
Mar 16, 2010 10:33 AM CST
All my peaches are coming up on their 5th year in the ground this spring. All were purchased bare root from various nursery's.

Florida Prince - The best performer I have. It's the first to bloom also. Right now its already in leaf and bloomed about 3 weeks ago.

Eva's Pride - Died.

Babcock - I have read and have been told this is one of the best peaches in Arizona.
So far I disagree. My tree has reached the 5 year mark in the ground and I have not had one peach set on this tree.

Tropic Snow - Never took off and struggled. Removed.
Name: Dan
San Tan Valley, AZ
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Dann_L
Mar 18, 2010 7:58 PM CST
That's excellent information Ray!

This is the kind of useful information we need to build this site for Arizona and Southwest gardeners!
Got any pictures of the Florida prince?
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Aguane
Mar 19, 2010 2:20 PM CST
I had a peach tree at my former home. It gave me peaches the 3 years it was in the ground, however, the birds ravaged the fruit. I tried hanging CDs from the branches. They figured those out within 3 days. I put netting over the second year crop. Around harvest time I cut two holes into the netting so I could reach in to pick..... the birds figured out where the holes were and how to get in and out. So discouraging. Ray, how do you deal with birdies?
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rayman6422
Mar 19, 2010 3:14 PM CST
So far I havent been able to solve the bird problem and its extremely frustrating.

Babcock Peach

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rayman6422
Mar 19, 2010 3:15 PM CST
Florida Prince Peach

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rayman6422
Mar 19, 2010 3:16 PM CST
Florida Prince Peach Fruit.
This tree flowered about 3 weeks or so ago.


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Name: Dan
San Tan Valley, AZ
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Dann_L
Mar 19, 2010 9:38 PM CST
I hope you figure something out to discourage the birds before all those peaches start to ripen!
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Glendale/Parks Az
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Mar 20, 2010 5:07 PM CST
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Phoenix, AZ
judyb
Mar 25, 2010 3:21 PM CST
I've had Bonanzas do very well here, unfortunately, at this property there seems to be something that inclines the trees toward some sort of canker. The trees die limb by limb after they've been thriving for years. I expect the apricot tree to go in a couple of years. This area has a real problem with it. The nice thing about Bonanza is that it is dwarf and easier to net than others. I love the fruit but it doesn't keep once it's picked. The skin is delicate about bruising and the bruises show up just a few hours later. But YUMMY! Sweet and juicy and enough for me and the birds if they weren't such beaky little critturs.

DesertDreamer
May 30, 2010 10:50 PM CST
Im going to agree about Florida Prince. Ive got more peaches that I, my wife, and 3 neighbors can eat. Some of the best Ive ever eaten too. Im surprised, because it doesnt get my 'press' when peach trees are discussed, but this one is a definite keeper. High recommendation for AZ.
DD

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rayman6422
Jun 1, 2010 8:39 AM CST
DD, sounds a lot like my tree.

We had a get together at the house last weekend and I begged people to grab a plastic grocery sack and take some home from the Florida Prince tree.
The tree is almost bent to the ground it has so much fruit on it.
Guest from the party said they have been eating peaches for breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks, one couple even made peach ice cream and said it was outstanding.
I was going to make some peach cobbler but the peaches are a little on the small side and looks like a lot of work.
Besides. The birds have set in and now its a race between me and them to get the rest of the peaches off the tree.

The Babcock peach might have a dozen peaches on it. Slow developing.

DesertDreamer
Jun 1, 2010 10:38 AM CST
I have to thin this tree like crazy each year to keep the size of the peaches up, and to guard against 'overproduction'. Note that I've been told that peach trees can produce themselves to death, so I try to make sure I keep the number of peaches down thru thinning vigorously. This keeps the peaches that do mature nice and plump, and helps to avert 'death by overproduction', hopefully.
I'm really pleased with this tree. I'm becoming convinced that peaches should be considered as mandatory as citrus here in the 'valley of heat induced dementia'.
DD
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Desertdenial
Jun 3, 2010 10:34 AM CST
Our peach tree lost about 1/3rd of itself to over production. My DH did not listen to me and thin the tree. What are the best producing varieties for here. I ahve 2 peach trees one produces and ripens by late April early May the other is just too slow to ripen and I usually leave those for the birds!!
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cillay
Mar 3, 2016 12:18 PM CST
jHi all, I have a question for anyone who can answer. I have a peach tree that blooms white blooms. Can anyone tell me what kind of peach. The tree is large and just loaded with white blooms. Thanks for any info. Cillay (Alda)
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quietyard
Mar 4, 2016 2:45 PM CST
Hi Alda Smiling

The peach blossoms on my Elberta are pink. Maybe if you did a Google search for white blossoms on peach trees you could get some idea what you have there. Confused
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Name: Linda
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quietyard
Mar 4, 2016 2:51 PM CST
I just did a little research on your question and the site I was on said that peach blossoms are usually very light pink but can appear almost white and can range to red and lavender depending on the cultivar. Unfortunately that does not help much on figuring out what kind of peach you have. Crying
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GinaY86441
Mar 14, 2016 10:46 AM CST
Hi SW Gardeners!

I have a young dwarf peach tree that was given to me at the end of last summer. It's already bloomed and is getting some leaves. I want to put it in the ground, but I don't know whether it's the right time of the year. Spring seems to be the time to transplant, but I'm unsure as it has already bloomed. Any advise out there from peach tree owners? I have no experience with fruit trees and as it has special meaning to me, I'd don't want to take any chances in transplanting it at the wrong time.

It's in a very large container and will survive another year as it is, or at least I believe it will.

Thank you for any input!

Thank You!


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Name: Linda
Tucson, Arizona
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quietyard
Mar 14, 2016 2:25 PM CST
I am no expert on this subject but since it has already bloomed and is probably making fruit I would not stress it and transplant till it goes dormant this fall. Smiling
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Name: Gina Young
White Hills, AZ (Zone 9a)
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GinaY86441
Mar 15, 2016 8:56 AM CST
Hi Linda!!

That's exactly what I was thinking, too! Thank you!
Name: Linda
Tucson, Arizona
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quietyard
Mar 15, 2016 1:36 PM CST
Welcome! Big Grin
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