[NAFEX] Subject: Re: Reliance peach tree-
colleendaly at videotron.ca
Tue May 19 19:01:59 EDT 2009
I am not sure exactly what my plans are. I noticed that another
NAFEXer from Quebec (zone 4b,5a) was
waiting for her Reliance buds to show some life as of the 11th of
May. I believe that Reliance peach
trees are not long lived in the north but I was hoping for 10 years
or so. I got mine form Siloam Orchards but
I believe Eric stopped selling them because they were just too
unreliable as a cropper/survivor. As I said
last year (2008) I had a bountiful crop; the year before (2007),
however, there was zilch to speak of - do
they tend towards being biennial I wonder?
I am going down to the Niagara region in early June - perhaps I
will shop around for another Reliance or try
to find a PF 24 (?). Anyways it was worth growing the Reliance if
only for that one wonderful summer bounty last year!
I am not sure but of of out of a population of over 200,000
inhabitants in Gatineau I think I would have won
the "most peaches grown in a single year" award !
Sincerely, Peter Drevniok, Gatineau, Quebec - zone 4b
Toni Pralle wrote:
> << I am having the exact same thing happening to my Reliance. Last
> year I had a bumper crop on my tree (5 years since I planted it).<<
> Yup. 5 years.Surely they last longer than that! Those came from
> Gurneys/henry fields. Where did you get yours?
> <<This year it has about 12 blooms on the bottom branch with a few
> leaves; the rest of the tree looks dead. <<
> I don't even have that. I'm going to let it go for a while longer.
> What are you going to do? Do you suppose it would do any good to prune
> the branches back to 6 inches or so?
> during the previous winter (2007/2008) there was so much snow that
> it broke a main lateral leaving a huge crack - this
> no doubt did not help matters.>>
> I have finally figured out how to beat the rabbits. Shhhhh!!! I put a
> woven type of snow fence around all my trees last fall. I thought it
> would be some protection from the wind, too. I have the new Reliance
> from Gurney's/henry fields planted and also the two nicer trees from
> Van Wells. I keep throwing money down a rat hole! Remember that movie,
> The Money Pit? I feel like I'm living it.
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