Peaches have a delicate, floral sweetness, if you want to have an unlimited supply and grow your own peach tree, follow this handy guide!
Imagine peaches fresh from your own back garden on a hot summer day. Sounds like heaven, doesn’t it?
You can do this easily by picking the right peach variety, identifying planting sites in your garden, planting them correctly and taking good care of them.
The best thing about peaches is that they can start producing fruit in less than a year. They also look great in back gardens, especially if they are properly pruned.
We teach you how to plant, care for and harvest your peaches with extra tips and common problems you may face when attempting to grow your own.
How to Plant Peaches
The best peach trees to grow are just one-year-old peach trees. Get them from a reputable nursery to make sure they are strong and that they will grow quickly and produce good fruit.
To plant a peach tree, find a location in your garden with fertile soil. Make sure the location gets maximum sunlight, and it is in a high area if your garden or farm has a slope. Identify several similar locations if you want to plant several peach trees.
Once you have identified a location, you should dig a hole that is wider and deeper than the roots of the peach tree you bought. Once dug, set the tree in the middle and spread its roots. The tree should then be buried with topsoil, but remember not to bury it deeper than it was at the nursery and make sure to add plenty of water.
How To Care For Peaches
Peach trees require regular watering. Do not let the soil around the roots of your peach tree or trees dry out completely. However, you should also be careful not to overwater your peach tree. Generally, peach trees need to be watered only two to three times a week after confirming the moisture content around the roots.
Peach trees can grow faster and produce healthy fruits if fertilised. Fertilising, however, needs to take place about six weeks post-planting to avoid burning the roots. The fertiliser should be spread about 20 inches away from peach tree trunks to encourage the roots to travel outward.
Peach trees need to be pruned. Because if they are not pruned they can become weak and they could produce disappointing fruits. Annual moderate pruning is particularly important to ensure your trees focus on growing taller and stronger.
How to Harvest Peach Trees
Peaches generally ripen between June and August and it is crucial to harvest them at the right time. The easiest way to know if a peach is ready for picking is to examine its colour. If it is no longer green, then it is ripe and ready for picking.
Another easy way to detect if your peaches are ready for harvest is to see how well attached they are to your tree. Give them a slight twist and if they easily detach then they should be ripe and ready to eat.
In case you pick several peaches, and you find out they are not exactly ripe, put them in a closed plastic bag somewhere in your pantry and check on them after two to three days. You will then find that they are ready for consumption.
If you’ve harvested a few too many peaches then you might wonder what to do, that’s why we’ve found these recipes for you to try!
Tips & Common Problems
When planting a young peach tree, you should not fertilize it during the planting stage. Doing this can burn young roots and can kill the tree.
If you get a grafted peach tree, you should not bury the union in the soil. Make sure it is at least three inches above the soil to increase the tree’s chances of survival.
Balanced fertilisers are the best for applying to peach trees. Generally, you will only need to fertilise your peach trees two to three times a year.