Peach Tree for Iowa

iris321(z5IA)May 2, 2006

What would be a good variety of peach to plant here? .I know they can be successfully grown,just wondered what variety. Doris

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prairiegal(4/5 NW Iowa)

I've had good luck with 'Reliance' up here in the NW corner of the state. I just planted mine two years ago, and they've made it through two winters without even bud loss. AND they gave me a few peaches their very first summer!

    Bookmark   December 2, 0002 at 12:07AM
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prairiegal(4/5 NW Iowa)

I've had good luck with 'Reliance' up here in the NW corner of the state. I just planted mine two years ago, and they've made it through two winters without even bud loss. AND they gave me a few peaches their very first summer!

    Bookmark   December 2, 0002 at 12:07AM
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prairiegal(4/5 NW Iowa)

I've had good luck with 'Reliance' up here in the NW corner of the state. I just planted mine two years ago, and they've made it through two winters without even bud loss. AND they gave me a few peaches their very first summer!

    Bookmark   December 2, 0002 at 12:07AM
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my_secret_garden(5)

Would like to know this myself!

    Bookmark   May 2, 2006 at 10:53PM
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bbriggs(z5 IA)

I've tried a few over the years: Reliance is moderately reliable and moderately good quality. Equally hardy, reliable, and higher in quality is Belle of Georgia (a white peach). Either should be very quick to bear, but expect a crop loss from either perhaps 1 out of 3 years. My personal sentiment is plant Belle of Georgia if you have room for only one. My sentiment is also to plant standard size, get those buds up above the really cold air. Dwf or Std will both be quick to bear. They won't take forever to die either, but I think Std will last a little longer. I've squeezed out 12 years on a reliance tree here, it's getting pretty long in the teeth. It will be my last Reliance.

    Bookmark   May 3, 2006 at 4:26PM
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sfallen2002(z5 IA)

Hm.. I've had lousy luck with apricots. Only fruit was when I bought 'em before they were planted. No fruit since, they keep getting frosted out. Moonglow and sunglow.

Last year I think they got terminated by the wet weather/heavy soil combo.

Maybe time to re-think the small fruits and go with peaches. I've heard they are tough to grow because of pest pressure - is that true..?

    Bookmark   March 13, 2010 at 10:32AM
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goathollowprep

I've had good luck with the little "Missouri peaches" they seem to be a native here in southern Iowa, bear really small, but tasty peaches, and very hardy.

    Bookmark   March 18, 2010 at 5:58PM
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mikkle(5A)

Where do you find Missouri peaches?

    Bookmark   March 27, 2010 at 9:57PM
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iowgardenangel(zn5 IA)

reliance and belle are both good. I agree standard or semi standard seem to do better that dwarf

    Bookmark   May 30, 2010 at 5:05PM
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ericka_catnip_farm

I grow native heirloom freestone peach trees (non-commercial & not self-pollinating), commonly called Iowa or Indian White. They grow true from seed and the fruit is fantastic, but fragile ~ this is an old, old variety that is hard to find these days, but was apparently common in the midwest when family farms had kitchen gardens with small orchards, or at least a few fruit trees. At farmers' market people have often told me they remember the peaches from when they were kids visiting their grandparents' farm.

Best,
Ericka Dana
ericka@catnipfarm.com

    Bookmark   August 27, 2010 at 6:49PM
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Omegaclass

I tried to grow some of your seeds but none grew so far. seems something went wrong on my part. so i was wondering if you will sell bare root trees? i would love to grow one of those peaches.

    Bookmark   May 26, 2013 at 10:46PM
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mark_roeder(4B IA)

Hi,

I am on my second Reliance. The 1st one was diseased and I cut it out. It was diseased the day it arrived, oozing stuff out of the trunk.

My second Reliance has been very productive, but last year the late frost froze most flower buds, and those not frozen produce fruit that was eaten by a massive infestation of Japanese Beetles.

I also have a 3rd year Contender and it has several fruit set in 2013, but not nearly as heavy a set as my 5th year Reliance. The following is photo(s) are from 2011 of Reliance.

In all my gardening this year I have only turned up two Japanese Beetle grubs, so I think the drought killed them off, and I am expecting a good crop of peaches this year.

I have purchased fresh peaches at Alabama fruit stands, and a fresh NE Iowa Reliance is very nearly as good as any fresh peach sold in Alabama, where, in my opinion the best peaches in the U.S. are grown.

    Bookmark   June 13, 2013 at 12:39AM
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mark_roeder(4B IA)

Reliance

    Bookmark   June 13, 2013 at 12:44AM
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iowagirl_2010

The Reliance peach is just loaded this year. I took the ladder out and pulled out half of the peaches so give the tree and chance to get decent size peaches.

    Bookmark   June 24, 2013 at 1:55PM
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Ivywild142(6a)

Reliance was good for me in Iowa. Polly was a reliable white one I grew that had decent flavor. I think Contender and Risingstar are better, along with PF24C.

    Bookmark   July 31, 2013 at 11:27PM
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lkz5ia

This year was a good iowa peach year, over 1100 pounds for me

    Bookmark   October 11, 2013 at 12:21AM
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oldlady59(5)

Wow Now I've found a subject I can really get talking about. I started with a Reliance about 20 years ago. It produced good for me. Then I got a Red Heaven. Which is what this pic of the peach is. But it is a fairly mature tree and I do prune the tree every Febr. and thin the fruit when it about the size of a grape. That is why it is such a nice size of a peach. Before the Reliance died I saved the seeds and from the Red Heaven also. So for the last 11 years I've had fruit from the 9 out of 50 trees that grew from those seeds. The other 41 trees I sold at 2 years old seedlings. The State Horticulturist told me when a seed is planted from a grafted tree the fruit will not be the same but hay I'm really pleased with what I've been getting. I think (and correct me if I'm wrong) that the reliance is Not a grafted tree but the Red Heaven is. I put up bird houses in each tree so I don't have to spray for bugs. I've had to share with either coon or possums, but I still was able to put up over 100 pints of peaches last summer.

    Bookmark   December 24, 2013 at 9:13PM
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oldlady59(5)

Have you seen on your fruit trees in spring the trunk split and wondered , What the heck happened. The State horticulturist had told me that the trunks do not need protected from the winter cold. To that I say bull!!.. That winter sun on the dark trunk is able to draw some sap up into the truck at the cambium layer. Then when the freezing night come that sap freezes,and splits. I wrap the trunks of mine up to the first branch. and take it off every spring and they look great. I used to paint it with latex paint diluted. Which would last about three years, but I have forgot what the portion of each are anymore so I just wrap them. If anyone knows the portion of water to paint for painting the trunks I'd like to know.

    Bookmark   December 25, 2013 at 6:21PM
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lee_in_iowa(4 to 5 (on the line))

My Reliance froze out 7 or 8 years ago, and I replaced with a Gurney's Contender. VERY HAPPY with it! It bore about a peck of fruit the second summer and was COVERED this summer, in its third year. Highly recommend for Des Moines area. The fruit was juicy and sweet and just the BEST.

    Bookmark   January 21, 2014 at 3:45PM
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jjstatz

I have an orchard with about 10 Redhaven - freestone trees... Best tasting peach, ever. Does well here in SW Iowa. Weird winters have caused it to be acting a bit like a biennial bearing.

I cover my trees in winter - trunk and half the primary scaffolds with a mix of fresh manure, clay, neem oil, white latex paint, and water - I just brush it on thick in fall. Keeps the rabbits off and insulates/reflects as well and keeps the borers OUT and OFF in spring.

loaded tree

Before Harvest (after removing half of nickel sized fruit, photo taken when nearly ripe full size fruit)

After Harvest:

Fruit:

I just can't get over how well this tree performs with minimal inputs and the flavor and size are impeccable.

    Bookmark   March 3, 2014 at 12:25PM
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jjstatz

I forgot to say... I don't even like peaches normally, but the Redhaven fruit converted (for better or for worse)

    Bookmark   March 3, 2014 at 12:29PM
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Imhappy&Iknowit IOWA zone 6b

I've had Reliance and Contender. Both produced and both died in their 2nd or 3rd bearing year. I now have whatever grew from seeds from grocery store peaches or from my own peaches. I planted every seed from every peach. Several grew, two are now bearing age. I do have a few that I planted two summers ago that survived the winter and I'm hoping I can keep them alive for a couple of years. I expect the two that bore last year to die within the next 2 years. Peaches don't seem to live very long in north Iowa so I keep planting them every year.

    Bookmark   April 23, 2014 at 3:01PM
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oldlady59(5)

HI, lov_mkitchen, A few things I want to mention to you. First peaches can live a long time I have peach trees over 10 years old. I live in Iowa in zone 5 but it's pretty close to zone 4. Second is a question is your peaches growing in a low area. The roots can not stand to be wet a lot of the time. They will rot. Thirdly I do believe that there's nothing wrong with growing a peach from seed from a peach bought at a store but if you don't know where that peach tree grew then your tree may not be hardy enough for your area. If I was you I'd try and find a peach tree growing in your area and get some seeds from it.

    Bookmark   April 24, 2014 at 8:40AM
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