[NAFEX] pondering peaches in zone 5
Brungardt, Sam (MPCA)
Sam.Brungardt at state.mn.us
Fri Apr 9 16:38:45 EDT 2010
Melissa, see http://www.nysaes.cornell.edu/pubs/fls/OCRPDF/FLS-034.pdf for a Cornell publication on peaches for New York State. It lists Reliance and Veteran as the most hardy (rating 5). However, you may be more satisfied with the quality of a variety rated 4 for hardiness. -- Sam Brungardt, St. Paul, Minn. (USDA Zone 4b)
From: nafex-bounces at lists.ibiblio.org [mailto:nafex-bounces at lists.ibiblio.org] On Behalf Of Melissa Kacalanos
Sent: Friday, April 09, 2010 3:23 PM
To: North American Fruit Explorers
Subject: [NAFEX] pondering peaches in zone 5
I'd heard that peaches are subject to every disease and pest out there, so I'd resolved not to bother with them. Then my neighbor had to go and tell me about her friend's completely neglected peach tree, which produced oodles of delicious fruit for no effort at all. So now I'm thinking peaches again.
Should someone talk me out of this? I'm in zone 5a, and have heavy clay soil (although it's on a slope, so water doesn't sit on it.) I'm thinking either 'Reliance' or 'Fingerlakes S.H.' on standard rootstock might have a chance. Does anyone recommend one over the other? Or recommend a different cold-hardy peach? Or maybe I should stick with trouble-free stuff like mulberries.
In other news, my one blooming plum tree is shivering in the cold today. These silly Prunus species.
zone 5, central NY
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