[NAFEX] brown rot resistant stone fruit (but in southeastern NY)
alandhaigh at gmail.com
Tue Oct 26 15:03:32 EDT 2010
I also find Belle of Georgia to be rot resistant but I don't blame the rot
for its opinion- they're pretty resistant to me also, I won't go near one.
Well, actually, I agree with Scott that it's a nice peach- especially
compared to what you find in the stores but it is so soft and prone to
dropping as soon as it gets ripe. It's also very fuzzy and bruises when you
give it a mean look. Does have that distinctive peach perfumed bouquet
For a meatier more manly peach I suggest Elberta as a similarly rot
resistant peach in a little later season (kidding about the manly part, but
white peaches seem often to be named after ladies and I've heard commercial
growers say that woman prefer them). Plus you can store firm ripe Elberta's
in the fridge for a couple weeks.
For an earlier, less hirsute, better tasting, looking, and behaving (doesn't
drop or bruise as easily) white peach than BofG, you can try Rariton Rose.
With it you can get attractive peaches without fungicide in an open area and
an open tree. Actually, from Red Haven heading backwards to Harrow Diamond,
peaches don't tend to rot so much. In the south you'd probably have to go
earlier to get equivalent rot resistance. The same rot resistance is
generally enjoyed by earlier ripening plums.
The Harrow breeding program is the only one I know that looks closely at rot
resistance (or at least used to). I forget which of their selection of
apricots are said to be most rot resistant but I know Hargrand doesn't get
much scab. Harcrest is a very high quality peach that seems to me to be
quite rot resistant for a late (about a week before Elberta here).
Hope my largely anecdotal observations are helpful. I've looked at all
these peaches for quite a few seasons at many locations.
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