[NAFEX] Growing Peaches in Zone 5

miekal and dtv at mwt.net
Mon Mar 3 16:44:36 EST 2003

We seem to have good luck with what Ive usually heard called an Iowa 
Peach.  Its a small white clingstone peach.  Individual trees don't 
bear reliably every year, but that's just another reason to plant 
diversity of cultivars.


On Monday, March 3, 2003, at 02:55 PM, Sgroppino Farms wrote:

> I'm interested in adding about 20 peach trees to my farm here in Zone 
> 5 Coastal Maine and would very much like to plant a few good, 
> off-the-beaten-path heirlooms that have been successful in tough Zone 
> 5 Winters.  Most people in my neck of the woods seem to be growing the 
> same three peaches offered by Fedco (Belle of Georgia, Red Haven and 
> Reliance) which I'm sure are great peaches.  I'd Interested however in 
> planting varieties aside from these.  I'm currently considering four 
> that sound intriguing (BlushingStar, Double Jewel, Erly-Red-Fre and 
> John Boy), but don't want to bother if they simply don't do well in 
> the Northern climates.  Does anyone out there have any experiences 
> with Peaches in Zone 5?  I'd love to hear what varieties have worked 
> for you in these blustery Northern Winters.
> Any/all feedback greatly appreciated.  Thanks.
> John A Gasbarre
> Sgroppino Farms
> Vinalhaven Island, Maine
> sgroppino at sgroppino.com
> USDA Zone 5
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