[NAFEX] pondering peaches in zone 5
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Sat Apr 10 07:47:21 EDT 2010
Well, I have friends in Oakland, CA, with a peach tree. They neglect it completely and get oodles of delicious (but VERY fuzzy) fruit. It's some effort, because they have to clean up all the fruit or it makes a mess on the lawn and driveway, and then they have to _do_ something with the fruit. But I think that's about it for effort. Of course, that's California. They also have an olive which is even messier, because it's fruit stains stuff.
On Apr 9, 2010, at 4:22 PM, Melissa Kacalanos wrote:
> 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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