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May 04

Learn How to Grow Peaches

Posted on May 4, 2018 at 2:48 PM by Wendy Jorgensen

Feeling peachy-keen? It might be too late to Peaches ready for snacking
start planting peaches this time of year, but you can start prepping for next spring by brushing up on some facts about peaches and how to best grow them in North Texas.

Why Peaches?
There is nothing better than a fresh peach plucked straight off the tree. Peaches are one of the most popular fruits to grow in Texas because of their tolerance of heat and survivability during mild winters. There are also many of varieties to choose from! 

Peach tree bloomingVarieties
The variety of peach you want to grow should depend on where you are in Texas since different areas experience more intense winters than others. North Texas typically receives 750 to 850 chilling hours in the winter, so finding varieties matching those hours is important. A few good varieties for North Texas are Harvester, Loring, Redskin, Red Globe and Dixieland.

How to Plant
Peach trees can be planted between January and early March but are best when planted in January. Plant them where they will receive full sun. Make sure your soil is tested and suitable for your trees so they will produce fruit. 

The trees can grow up to 18 feet wide, so you should at least leave that much space in between trees. We recommend buying 3 to 5 foot bare-rooted trees from a local nursery and to immediately plant after getting them. Simply plant them at the same depth as planted at the nursery. Pack the soil firmly around it and water well. Lastly, select the main branches for the tree by pruning the trees around 22 to 30 inches from the ground.

Caring for Your Peach TreesPeach tree pruning
First, it is important to keep in mind that like all fruit trees, newly planted peach trees will take multiple years before they start producing fruit. Generally, peach trees take 2 to 4 years. But hang in there, it will be worth it in the end!

First-year care is important, especially when it comes to managing weeds. We recommend you keep weeds in check with Texas Pure Products mulch. Water the soil, place a 3-inch layer of mulch and water again. Pruning is a large part of taking care of your peach trees through the years. Each winter remove old and graying shoots, as well as any completely vertical shoots so the branching will be stronger and better exposed to sunlight.

HarvestingPeach tree
After a few years, your trees should start producing peaches. By then, you’ll want to use a specialized horticultural spray to prevent Plum Curculio beetles. It’s best to spray immediate after petal fall. A good time to harvest peaches is when they are firm and well colored, usually a red color with splashes of yellow. Pop your freshly picked peaches in the fridge and they’ll last you up to two weeks.

For more in-depth knowledge on growing peaches in Texas, visit Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service. And let us know, what is your favorite variety of peach? Tell us in comments down below or on our Facebook page
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