[NAFEX] late peaches

Anton Callaway marillen at earthlink.net
Mon Dec 22 21:26:37 EST 2008

Alright, Alan.  I'm not sure my addition will be of any practical use to you because it's all based in the Southeast, but I hope you find it entertaining and that you feel better soon...

The latest peach I've grown  is Indian Blood Free and it also happens to be my favorite.  It ripens in August in this part of North Carolina, so that would probably translate into early October in the Northern states.  It has a unique flavor that I enjoy.  However, it has some problems.  It requires extra spraying because of its long ripening time, so if I don't keep on top of things, I get no fruit.  It is also quite susceptible to bacterial spot, so although the blossoms are large and beautiful in the Spring, by late Summer, it looks pretty ugly.  The fruit are also not beautiful.  The skin stays green overall, with some red blush.  Nevertheless, it is the only late peach that I've kept thus far.  The others are good, but not worth the extra trouble.  I haven't tried the two you mentioned, however.

Best wishes for a speedy recovery.


-----Original Message-----
>From: Alan Haigh <alandhaigh at gmail.com>
>Sent: Dec 22, 2008 11:58 AM
>To: nafex at lists.ibiblio.org
>Subject: [NAFEX] late peaches
>I'm crippled at the moment with an aching back- out for the first time in
>several years and right before a snowstorm so there's not a lot to do but
>wait a few more days for the muscles to un-freeze.  It makes me wish there
>was more going on on the list just to kill time on something that interests
>me.  Guess I'll just throw a topic out there- late peaches.
>Around southeastern NY Z6 most of the peach crop has been harvested by about
>Sept. 10 with the last of the Elbertas or similar timed varieties.  If
>conditions are right though, which has been the case in recent seasons,
>another crop is possible from the next latest cultivars which can crop
>peaches for another 10 days or so.  If these peaches are picked hard-ripe
>and stored in the fridge you can be eating delicious tree-ripe peaches for
>an additional 2 or 3 weeks by pulling them out of the fridge and softening
>them at room temp as you need them.  Later peaches seem to store better.
>The 2 varieties I grow for this purpose are Autumn Glo and Encore.  I
>harvested a lot of Encores for the first time this year because I have long
>been satisfied with Aut. Glo which seems to produce a much larger peach and
>is more favored by commercial growers around here.
>Judging from my first sampling of Encore I think I'm going to prefer it.  It
>seems to be a richer and more flavorful peach although both types are very
>good.  I also suspect Encore will be less prone to brown rot for which A G
>is a real magnet because the Encore is more acidic with more concentrated
>sugars (less watery).  Anyone out there with experience with these or other
>similarly timed peaches?

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