Peaches

Peaches can be grown as a bush tree in warm, sheltered areas, in other areas peaches are best grown as a fan-trained tree on a south facing or a west facing wall.

Peaches have a velvety skin and the flesh is either white or yellow. The white fleshed varieties are very sweet whereas the yellow fleshed varieties are sweet with a hint of acid.

Peaches flower early so they require protection from frost. Peaches grow best in slightly acid (pH 6.5-7), deep, fertile, well-drained soil which has good moisture retention, lighter soils can be improved by adding organic matter to help with moisture retention.


Rootstocks

Rootstocks in order of their vigour are outlined below: -

Pixy - Dwarf. An ideal rootstock for the smaller garden. It needs to be grown in fertile and weed-free soil. It will reach a height of 2.4-3m. Trees grown on this rootstock will bear fruit within 3 years. Use for dwarf bushes, dwarf pyramids, and small fans.

St. Julian A - Semi-Vigorous. A good rootstock for most soils. Trees grown on this rootstock will reach a height of 3-3.5m. Trees grown on this rootstock will bear fruit within 4-5 years. Use for bushes, half-standards, and fans.


Varieties

Peaches are available as bare-root one-year-maidens from November to March. Trained forms of peaches are available in 12 litre pots all-year-round.


Peach 'Amsden June'

Dessert. Medium sized roundish fruit which has downy, yellowish green skin which is marbled and streaked with broken streaks of red. The white flesh is very tender and juicy with a rich flavour. Freestone. Its season of use is late June. (USA 1865) Self Fertile


Peach 'Bellegarde'

Dessert. Large round and regular fruit which has deep red skin which is streaked with dark purple. The yellow flesh is juicy. Freestone. Its season of use is September. (France 18th Century) Self Fertile


Peach 'Gorgeous'

Dessert. The skin is striped purple-red. Yellow flesh. Its season of use is early September. (Kent) Self Fertile


Peach 'Hale's Early'

Dessert. Medium sized round fruit which has crimson skin which is covered with broken streaks of darker crimson. The pale yellow flesh is tender, melting, with a delicious flavour. Freestone. Its season of use is late August. (USA) Self Fertile


Peach 'Peregrine'

Dessert. Reliable with a brilliant crimson skin and white flesh. The flavour is rich and intense. Freestone. Its season of use is early August. (Rivers of Sawbridgeworth 1906) Self Fertile


Peach 'Red Haven'

Dessert. A firm, yellow flesh of good quality. The flowers are small and dark pink. Freestone. Its season of use is mid August. (USA) Self Fertile


Peach 'Rochester'

Peach 'Rochester'

Dessert. The largest yellow fleshed Peach. The flavour is very good with a soft and juicy texture. Its season of use is mid-August. (New York 1900) Self Fertile


Peach 'Saturn'

Peach 'Saturn'

An unusual, small, flat shaped fruit, which has very sweet and succulent orange flesh. Also known as the Java Peach. Its season of use is early August. Self Fertile.