[NAFEX] Veteran Peaches

Richard J.Ossolinski osso at acadia.net
Sun Apr 23 19:01:37 EDT 2006

The '98 edition of the USDA's Handbook of Peach and Nectarine Varieties  
(Performance in the Southeastern U.S. and Index of Names) lists Veteran  
as requiring 1050 chill hrs., and describes it as, " Good for canning.   
Too soft for shipping.  Must be thinned heavily to get size.   
Apparently, this name was originally associated with ONT 194049, which  
was a sibling of ONT 1940208, the selection predominantly distributed  
as Veteran.  Carries genes for pollen sterility and clingstone.  An  
important peach for Ontario 50 years ago.
Pedigree: Vaughan x Stark Early Alberta.
Origin: 1928, Horticultural Research Institute of Ontario, Vineland,  
Ontario, Canada."

Nothing about hardiness, per se.

Gouldsboro, ME Zone 5

On Apr 23, 2006, at 4:14 PM, Rodney wrote:

> There isn't a lot of information available about this variety (at  
> least not
> from Google). This site says it is hardy.
> http://www.davewilson.com/ordered/dennis_7d1-OR.html
> VETERAN PEACH One of the most reliable peaches for cold climates:  
> winter
> hardy and late-blooming. Yellow to yellow-orange skin. Yellow flesh is
> freestone when fully ripe, and richly flavored. Harvest one week before
> Elberta. 900 hours. Self-fruitful.
> This site says it is a great "canner".
> http://jossyfarms.com/HandlingPeaches.asp
> This site has a 1989 article by Williams, Lloyd M.
> http://library.missouristate.edu/paulevans/publications/ 
> pomona1980.shtml
> You might consider how to get a copy of this article. I think it can be
> done. ANYONE out there have a copy? To see the reference just do a  
> ctrl-F
> key and enter Veteran in the search field.
> You might also consider the "Contender" peach. I ordered one from  
> Guerneys
> (it came with a NAFEX membership application form), planted it  
> yesterday and
> today it started snowing (about 12 minutes ago), and so far Contender  
> has
> held up really well.  ;-)  Some web sites say that Contender blooms two
> weeks after other varieties. If it survives,  I'll know how it  
> compares with
> Reliance if they survive the upcoming winter of course (something to  
> worry
> about every year).
> Rodney in Northeast Wy.
> formerly zone 4 about 5-6 years ago.
> Seems to have moved up to zone 5.
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