Peach Tree (Prunus persica)
The peach is a deciduous tree native to the region of Northwest China between the Tarim Basin and the north slopes of the Kunlun Mountains, where it was first domesticated and cultivated. It bears an edible juicy fruit commonly called a peach or a nectarine.
The Peach fruit tree of the rose family (Rosaceae), grown throughout the warmer temperate regions of both the Northern and Southern hemispheres. Peaches are widely eaten fresh as a dessert fruit and are also baked in pies and cobblers. Canned peaches are a staple commodity in many regions of the world today. Yellow-fleshed varieties are especially rich in vitamin A.
The specific name “persica” refers to its widespread cultivation in Persia known as modern-day Iran from where it was transplanted to Europe. It belongs to the genus Prunus which includes the cherry, apricot, almond and plum, and is classified with the almond in a separate subgenus.
The peach grows a height of about 4–10m
- Native to Northwest China
- Full Sun
- Sandy to Loamy Soil, well drained
- pH: Slightly Acidic to Neutral
- Bloom time: Spring – Summer
- Easy to grow and care for
- Drought Tolerant
- Delicious & Bursting fruit
- High in Nutrients, Antioxidants and Vitamins
- Spring Growth predominantly
- Can be pruned to the shape of your desire or left alone to grow naturally
Before planting peach trees you should choose a full sun, well-drained site with moderately fertile soil.
Plant the trees in spring as it is best to plant the trees the day you get them, if its possible.
Dig a hole that is a good couple of centimeters deeper and wider than the spread of the roots. Set the tree on top of the soil in the middle of the hole. Spreading of the bottom roots without excessively bending them will also aid in stronger root growth.
Most types and cultivars of peach are self-fertile so planting one tree at a time is perfectly fine.
Prune and fertilize to accomplish 25 – 45cm of new growth each season.