Growing peaches can be interesting
It has been a bit unusual year for us. We started out with a very late spring (it snowed in May, which is unheard of here). As a result of the late frosts, we lost 80% of the crop.
Some peach trees were hardly affected. Redskin, Harrow Beauty and a few others had nearly full crops. Some peach trees hardly had any (i.e. Blazingstar, Harken, etc.) I will note this is the second time Redskin came through with a full crop from late freezes, while other peach trees had a compromised crop. I've never heard Redskin blooms are particularly hardy from spring frosts, but it's looking that way here.
Because of the frosts, we didn't have to thin any peach trees.
The size is extraordinarily large this year. Normally a standard peach is anywhere from 0.4 to 0.45 lbs. A very large peach (softball 3-4") ranges from 0.5 to 0.6 lbs.
This year because of the thin crop, peaches are coming out huge. In the past the biggest peach I've ever raised is 0.82 lbs. This year one of the peaches weighed 1.19 lbs (Both peaches were from Coralstar.) I've sold many peaches this year that weighed over a pound. Once we got through the rains, the flavor has returned to good to very good, in spite of the huge size.
What's interesting to me is the difference in peach size in different peach cultivars. Coralstar is gigantic. Redskin is huge. But Carolina Gold and Contender are small by comparison. Good highly flavored peaches, but I'm amazed how small they are compared to other peaches that ripen in the same window.
My neighbors Elberta peaches are itty bitty by comparison.
It's just interesting to me how peach size can be so determined by genetics.