Need help with chill question

john222-gg(Mississippi 8a/8b)September 11, 2012

HI All

6 years before I retired I thought it would be nice to grow some fruit trees.Did not know any thing about fruit trees.I went down to the co-op and bought trees.My peaches are doing terrible come to find out they are high chill required.No body tells beginners about chill hours.My trees are 5 years old now.the question is can I graft low chill cuttings on high chill trees.Still mad the co-op sells high chill in low chill area.We only get 4 to 6 hundred chill hours.I have Red Haven,Hale Haven and Bell of Georgia.

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fruitnut Z7 4500ft SW TX

Bummer John, sorry to hear that. What you describe is sadly normal practice. But you can use your trees to graft on lower chilling scions. All you need to do is find the scions and make a successful graft, not easy but certainly doable.

    Bookmark   September 11, 2012 at 10:31PM
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Just cutt the tree down to the stock and graft a bunch of different low chill variety to it. Might take 2-3 years to look like a tree again but youl get peaches

    Bookmark   September 11, 2012 at 11:25PM
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john222-gg(Mississippi 8a/8b)

Thanks A Lot

This winter i will buy more trees cut the tops plant the bottoms and keep the wood to graft to old trees.Thanks for the info

    Bookmark   September 12, 2012 at 12:36PM
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hoosierquilt USDA 10A Sunset 23 Vista CA(10b Sunset 23)

John, if you're going to buy more trees, then don't cut off the tops of your new trees. Just plant them :-) Once those newer, low chill varieties get going, you can then cut off some dormant wood next winter and start grafting those to your current trees that are not producing for you. Or, you can see if you have friends with lower chill varieties and simply gather some dormant scionwood from them, saving you from having to buy new trees.

Patty S.

    Bookmark   September 12, 2012 at 12:51PM
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gator_rider2(z8 Ga.)

John get Swanee peach tree if can in zone 8 peaches be ready to eat first June they make before brown rot are worms.

    Bookmark   September 12, 2012 at 8:13PM
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Any peach or nectarine with the prefix "sun" in the name such as Sunglo will be a low chill variety. These were bred in Florida for the southeast. They are also more disease resistant. Ask around if someone on the web has a low chill variety they like.

    Bookmark   September 13, 2012 at 9:44PM
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Yep, got some high chill trees myself & only an ugly winter brings those peaches on. Belle of Georgia is worth keeping "just in case", believe me. I order my low chill trees from CA.

    Bookmark   September 14, 2012 at 6:41AM
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