Patio Peach Trees?

connietnJuly 8, 2008

I have just inherited two Patio Peach tree seedlings. I put them in little pots and am planning to nurture them through the summer. Two questions:

Anyone know the eventual size of these?

When would it be safe to transplant them in the ground? The giver of the tree seedlings tells me that they are hardy - apparently she has several that are thriving.

Thanks!

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brandon7 TN_zone(7)

I'm not sure what you have. The term "patio peach" usually refers to a tree that has been grafted onto a full dwarfing rootstock. A seedling from such a tree would be an entirely different animal (or plant in this case). Is the tree that you have a small grafted tree or a seedling from a small grafted tree?

A non-grafted seedling will likely get VERY LARGE. Also, seedlings can vary considerably in fruit quality, taste, production, disease resistance, etc.

    Bookmark   July 8, 2008 at 4:26PM
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connietn

I'm not sure what I have either, except that it is not grafted, but a seedling/volunteer that was growing near the original.

How large is VERY LARGE? :)

    Bookmark   July 8, 2008 at 4:29PM
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brandon7 TN_zone(7)

Probably 30' to 45' tall and wider than tall, eventually. You can keep them smaller with proper pruning, but pruning a standard (non-dwarfed) tree will require quite a bit more effort, persistence, and knowledge than pruning a tree on a full dwarfing rootstock. If you want a small tree, you should probably purchase one on a good rootstock. Not only do you get the more manageable size, but you can also get greatly improved disease resistance, better quality and tasting fruit, etc.

    Bookmark   July 8, 2008 at 5:03PM
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tngreenthumb(z6 TN)

Brandon is pretty spot on here. Most "patio peaches" I've seen are the grafted variety. The seedling comes from the part that is grafted on the hardier stock, so it may not be quite as hardy or as vigorous as the grafted combination is.

I've got a two tone tree going this year where I let a sprout from the stock grow up through the grafted on part. Looks pretty cool but I'll be watching that piece carefully as it will quickly get bigger than I want for the space it is in.

But for now it is pretty neat.

    Bookmark   July 11, 2008 at 9:08AM
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connietn

Well, for me, the whole thing that makes this appealing is that a friend gave it to me :) I would not have gone in search of a patio peach, but because she gave them to me I now feel compelled to give them a good home. ;) Some of my favorite plants have been given to me by friends, and it's so neat to think of them every time I see the plant. But the down side is, sometimes you have no idea what you're getting.

I guess I will just see what they look like they're going to do.

    Bookmark   July 11, 2008 at 11:14AM
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brandon7 TN_zone(7)

Tngreenthumb,

Not only can your rootstock sprout get big quick, but it can also rapidly steal all the tree's energy away from the grafted top and lead to graft failure. I'd get rid of the sprout if it were me.

    Bookmark   July 11, 2008 at 11:27AM
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honeybunny442(z6 TN)

Last year Lowes was selling Patio Peach trees, they were an ornamental variety- no fruit.
That's all I remember, though! No botanical name...

    Bookmark   July 13, 2008 at 9:37AM
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brandon7 TN_zone(7)

I have also seen an ornamental variety referred to as a patio peach, but most companies I've seen on the web selling what they call patio peaches are offering dwarf grafted fruit-producing trees.

Like many common names, the name patio peach is not specific without more info.

    Bookmark   July 13, 2008 at 5:05PM
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amazindirt(7A mid-TN)

I have both ornamental and "real" varieties of "patio" peaches. Even the ornamentals make *some* fruit, just not a heckuva lot -- and not of high quality, either. But they sure are pretty in the spring, and one of em has purple leaves all year.

    Bookmark   July 13, 2008 at 7:32PM
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krikit

Hey Connie,

I rec'd a little sucker/sprout from a lady off her ornamental peach. It has the purple leaves like amazindirt mentioned. Got it at the beginning of summer 2007 and potted it up and left it til this spring because I was afraid it might not have good roots. Planted it this spring and it's doing great. The tree this came from was about 7' tall by maybe 4' wide - but I don't know if that was it's mature size. Mine has the same purple leaves so I'm thinking/hoping it's going to be the same as the tree it came from. Good Luck!

Frances

    Bookmark   July 18, 2008 at 12:13PM
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connietn

Frances, that's about the size my friend was describing, so it's probably the same thing or close! :) Thanks!

    Bookmark   July 18, 2008 at 2:57PM
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joyfulsong(Z 5)

This sounds like the "Bonfire" dwarf patio peach. I bought one 5 years ago. It has grown very well and is a beautiful tree spring through fall. The leaves are a dark purple with new leaves deep burgundy. My plant had about 6 new babies the first spring after I planted it. The small peaches it had produced plants in the following spring. I transplanted two and they are now large 4' X 3'. Last summer my original tree had lots of peaches. It had about 55 babies this spring. I dug them, and planted them in small pots and have given them to lots of friends. I highly recommend this tree. It is safe to plant it in the ground in the sun.

    Bookmark   June 21, 2010 at 1:02PM
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