I assumed that the soft, sugary, and fragile nature of peaches would make them a magnet for pests and diseases here in southern IN. However, with planting resistant varieties and heavy pruning to keep an open tree, we have been successfully producing delicious ripe peaches with no sprays. In 2010 I fulfilled my dream to literally gorge on tree-ripe organic peaches (wasn't as good an idea 6 hours later!). Peaches are quick growers and often bear fruit earlier in life (2-3 years) than most fruit trees. They are also shorter lived—expect 15-25 years from a peach tree. We have not noticed any Peach Leaf Curl disease on any of our peaches. All on ‘Lovell’ seedling rootstock which makes a standard sized (14-16’) longer-lived tree. Space peaches 15-20’ apart. An idea I have heard to dwarf peach trees is to plant 3-4 of them 4' apart in a square or triangle and then prune them carefully around each other. Supposedly the root competition acts to dwarf the trees, keeping them more easily managed at 8-12'.
gallon pot* $16 +tax
Harrow Diamond: Early-season. Beautiful red striping over yellow background, resembles a flame. Makes very sizable fruit if properly thinned. Partially freestone, especially when fully ripe. This variety is more resistant to bacterial spot and brown rot than other peaches. A more blossom-hardy variety developed at the Harrow Research Station, so you’ll get crops in years that Red Haven will fail. One more good thing about this peach is its 2” wide pink blossoms in the spring. Breathtaking!
Reliance: Mid-season. A popular peach that is known for its extremely hardy buds —this variety will bear in years that most others fail. Not as bright red cheek as others, but it is freestone and very flavorful; almost apricot-like. Needs heavier thinning for large fruits. Very productive and has tolerance to brown rot though it is prone to peach scab (a skin blemish which does not affect edibility).
Raritan Rose: Mid-season. Beautiful, white-fleshed freestone peach that hangs well on the tree compared to Belle of Georgia. Excellent flavor--many people love white peaches, but I find many of them lacking in flavor compared to yellow peaches. This is an exception--much more peachy flavor with an extra burst of sweetness! Gorgeous pink blush on its cheeks.
NEW! Wild White Peach seedlings: From a small grove of wild peaches just down the road from us. They are persisting and bearing fruit underneath of 60' tall hickory and oak trees at the edge of a forest--quite a feat for any peach! They ripen extremely late in the season--September through October depending on the year. The fruits are small, a little larger than a golfball, but the pit is smaller than a regular peach too. The flesh is white and fairly dry like an apricot, and totally freestone--the pit falls out on its own. Could be a hit at farmers markets as a "two-bite" peach without any mess--a convenience food like cherry tomatoes or grapes. There are anecdotal reports all over the US of small "native" white peaches that grew wild and folks used for rootstock in years past. I believe these are what they were talking about. No brown rot to speak of. These peaches have great potential grown in more open conditions, but may also be valuable as an option for dappled light understory conditions in a forest garden. Because these are seedlings, not grafted, there will be some variation, but all the trees in the grove seem to have the same size and quality of fruit so they are likely a stabilized "seedling variety". Quarts $6 +tax VERY LIMITED SUPPLY 2016
Apricots generally need well-drained soil and struggle in our Southern Indiana clay, but we have selected a rootstock that tolerates wet soils better than most, is vigorous and resistant to root knot nematodes and has some resistance to oak root fungus. Apricots are supposedly self-fertile, but we and others have not found this to be true: plant two different varieties for pollination. On Myrobalan 29C rootstock which will grow to about 15-25 ft tall x wide.
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NEW! Harlayne: Late July. Medium-sized fruits with a nice red blush over glossy orange background. Freestone, very firm fruits, productive tree, resistant to perennial canker, brown rot and bacterial spot. Late blooming and later ripening than Harogem. LIMITED AVAILABILITY 2016
NEW! Harogem: Late July. Medium-sized, freestone fruits with a red blush on orange. Good keeping quality. Resistant to perennial canker and brown rot. NOT AVAILABLE 2016
*size designations are nominal. We use “trade gallons” (which are slightly less than a gallon) as well as recycled pots that may vary in exact size. There are a limited number of two gallon plants available – first come first serve.