I'd like to get a DWARF peach tree to keep in a container on my porch. Can anyone recommend a delicious tasting tree and also where to purchase?
And to keep it dwarf does one only prune or do you need to cut roots too?
I have a Bonanza that is going into its 3rd year. It has been a fairly decent producer of standard sized fruit of freestone variety. It is now about 4 feet tall and has perhaps 30+ small sized fruit and still blossoming. Many of these will be culled to prevent crowding.
The rainy weather we had this winter, hampered spraying for peach leaf curl. So far, I see no adverse effects.
The fruit is not quite as good as an Elberta, but still very close.
I also planted another semi-dwarf tree, that I'm going to cut back to keep from over-crowding. It is also a freestone type - and from all reports tasting like Elbertas. It is one of the "Pride" varieties, Eva's Pride Peach on Nemaguard, that I ordered from Bay Laurel Nursery in January.
It seems to be acclimating well, with several buds and new growth appearing, other than that, I can't comment on performance. I was a bit concerned because of our ongoing cold weather that it might be set back somewhat, but it sprouted new growth about 7 days ago.
I got a "Dwarf Empress" peach bush from my local nursery. You can see some pics of it via the link below, but that was 2 years ago. I get at least 25 peaches great tasty peaches per year, but that doesn't include the 15 or so peaches that I loose to critters, etc. I really like the bush and I've considered getting another one... if I could just decide where to put it! -Glenn
Here is a link that might be useful: Dwarf Empress Peach Bush ripening date
Thanks for the helpful info.
I have Bonanza from Willis Orchard. I order Jan 20, 2012 and it was shipped Jan 28, 2012. Well branched and now it has lots of leaves and 10 flowers.
Link to picture when first planted in Feb 2012
Picture 1 Month after ordering and potting.
Here is a link that might be useful: Dwarf Bonanza Peach Updated picture
I don't think the dwarf bonanza will work for me as I'm in zone 6, southwestern PA and website says zones 7-9.
El Dorado will do zone 6.
Here is a link that might be useful: El Dorado From raintree nursery
This year I purchased two ultra-dwarf patio peach trees from Miller Nurseries in NY. They are just starting to bud and look very healthy. This is my first attempt at tub trees, so I can't offer any advice. However, I have made many mail order purchases from Miller's and everything has been very healthy (asparagus, strawberries, apple trees, paw-paw trees, blueberries).