which dwarf peach variety should I grow?

winsorw(8)July 10, 2013

Hello,
I would like some advice on dwarf peach variety suitable for PNW.

Thanks.

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Embothrium(USDA 8 Sunset 5 WA)

What area? Puget Sound? Willamette Valley?

    Bookmark   July 10, 2013 at 4:54PM
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winsorw(8)

South sound, auburn wa.
Thanks.

    Bookmark   July 11, 2013 at 8:37PM
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Embothrium(USDA 8 Sunset 5 WA)

Around here peaches are not particularly easy, your best bet may be to buy a standard variety and train it flat against the south side of your house, under an overhang where you can keep the top dry.

    Bookmark   July 11, 2013 at 10:02PM
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gardengal48

How dwarf is dwarf? Most peaches are rather small trees - somewhere in the 10-15' range with maturity. 'Frost' and Oregon Curl Free' are rated highly for this area as they do not require a lot of heat to produce good crops and both tend to be very disease resistant.

The true dwarfs - selections like 'Bonanza', 'Honey Babe' and 'Pix Zee' (5-6') - are grown more as ornamentals here. Unlikely to develop good crops and subject to the typical peach disease issues. Lovely floral display, however.

    Bookmark   July 12, 2013 at 2:50PM
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winsorw(8)

Thank you gardengal48 and bboy for your advices. I thought it'd be just peachy to grow them here. This is good to know.

    Bookmark   July 12, 2013 at 11:12PM
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Embothrium(USDA 8 Sunset 5 WA)

What they want is a hot climate, with no damp on the tops during bud break. If you can position them in a hot spot, with overhead cover it helps a lot.

    Bookmark   July 13, 2013 at 6:43PM
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jwr6404(8B Wa)

I believe the Frost Peach can satisfy your requirements. They grow very well here in the 98467. It can be purchased as a semi-dwarf and tolerates heavy pruning. Check out www.burntridgenursery.com

    Bookmark   July 15, 2013 at 2:50PM
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winsorw(8)

Thanks bboy and jwr6404, I might try one.

    Bookmark   July 25, 2013 at 12:44AM
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Embothrium(USDA 8 Sunset 5 WA)

Locally generated list.

Here is a link that might be useful: Recommended Fruit Trees

    Bookmark   July 25, 2013 at 12:16PM
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winsorw(8)

Thanks bboy, I might try Harken next spring. It looks promising.

    Bookmark   July 31, 2013 at 4:45PM
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