Peaches/Nectarines/Plums - Knowledgebase Question

Chandler, Ar
Question by buntyahamed
April 27, 2010
what varieties of peaches/nectarines/plums would you recommend for this area. I live in Phoenix Arizona. Thank you,

Answer from NGA
April 27, 2010


Lots and lots! Here are the best peaches for the valley:
Bonanza Miniature: Popular yellow freestone - large fruit is sweet, low in acid, with a mild, refreshing flavor. Mid-to-late May in low desert climates. Five- to six-foot tree. August Pride: Large, all-purpose yellow freestone for mild-winter climates. Sweet, aromatic, rich flavor, one of the best. Babcock: Long-time favorite white-fleshed freestone. Sweet and juicy, aromatic, low in acid. Very high-scoring in taste test. Desert Gold: Very early ripening: mid-May in Arizona. Tree-ripened fruit has good flavor and sweetness for such an early variety. Yellow Clingstone. Heavy bearing. Desert Red: An excellent quality, firm cling peach that has good color. Produces large fruit when thinned. Earligrande: Medium size, low-chill peach from Gulf Coast Texas. Yellow semi-freestone. Very early (May). Successful in Arizona and similar climates. Eva?s Pride: Delicious, fine-flavored peach with very low-chilling requirement. Medium- to large-sized yellow freestone. Ripens early-to-late May. Flordaking: High quality early season peach. Large, firm, flavorful semi-freestone, very sweet when fully ripe. Mid-May in warm winter climates.
Flordaprince: From Florida, successfully grown in Arizona. Yellow, semi-cling, larger fruit than Desert Gold, more tolerant of desert heat. Ripens late April to early May in Arizona. Very good quality when tree-ripe. Flordagrande: Excellent yellow-fleshed semi-freestone peach. Flesh will have some red coloration at maturity. May Pride: Very early-ripening, semi-freestone peach for warm winter climates. Ripens in May with Desert Gold. Delicious, sweet and tangy fruit. Very large for such an early peach. Large, showy pink blossoms. Tropic Snow: Medium-sized fruit. Skin is white with red blush. White sweet flesh. Good flavor. Freestone. Ripens early May. Tropic Sweet: Good quality freestone, yellow-fleshed peach. Fruit are very large when thinned and girdled properly. Ripens just after Tropic Beauty. Chilling requirement of 100-200 hours. Self-fruitful. Ripens mid-May. Vallegrande: This is an excellent quality, semi-freestone, yellow-fleshed peach. Flesh is firm and ripens to 60% blush at maturity. Flesh becomes red as fruit matures. Chilling requirement of 100-200 hours. Self-fruitful. Ripens early May.

Plums include: Beauty: Sweet, flavorful plum. Red over yellow skin, amber flesh streaked red. Self-fruitful. Gulf Gold: Green-skinned plum which turns yellowish when ripe. Juicy, sweet, yellow flesh. Self-fruitful. Gulf Ruby: Sweet, juicy plum, with reddish-purple skin and amber flesh. Self-fruitful. Methley: Juicy, sweet, red flesh, mild flavor. Reddish purple skin. Attractive tree, heavy bearing and vigorous. Self-fruitful. Santa Rosa: Most popular plum in California and Arizona. Juicy, tangy, flavorful. Reddish-purple skin, amber flesh tinged red. Self-fruitful.

Choose Daisy, Dancy, Fairchild or Kinnow Mandarins/Tangerines.

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