Self Pollinating Fruit Trees

texasjoeFebruary 8, 2008

I have been thinking about getting a peach tree.

I've been told that you have to have two to get fruit.

I checked out Lowes and Wal-Mart and found

Self Pollinating Peach trees

My questions are

Has anyone ever tried one of these self pollinating trees ?

What is the best kind or variety of peach tree for East Tx ?

If I plant now when can I expect fruit ?

Thanks inadvance for your imput

Jay

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hakkamike(7B Fort Worth Area)

From what I have read, all peach trees are self pollinating ???
I like Ranger, Redglobe and Belle of Georgia
http://aggie-horticulture.tamu.edu/extension/homefruit/stone/stone.html

    Bookmark   February 8, 2008 at 12:51PM
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carolync1(z8/9 CA inland)

A fruit tree is a long-term investment. You might consider going to a local nursery to get some advice on the best varieties for your area. You are also more likely to get a peach grafted to a rootstock suited to your soil type from a local nursery than from Lowes or Walmart, which often make big purchases of trees for a very wide region.

While probably not really close to you, the fruit tree list below from Fanick's in San Antonio gives you some idea of things like chill hours, disease resistance, etc. which should be taken into account when chosing a stone fruit tree. I am intrigued by their August-fruiting peachcot.

Most, but not all, peaches and nectarines are self-pollinating. This is not true of many other types of fruit trees. Peach trees grow fast, and depending on the rootstock you could expect fruit in two to four years, with production declining as the tree reaches 15 or 20 years of age (sooner where certain diseases are prevalent).

You will get some good advice on taking care of fruit trees over at the Fruit and Orchards forum.

Here is a link that might be useful: Fanick's Fruit

    Bookmark   February 19, 2008 at 2:45AM
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hakkamike(7B Fort Worth Area)

This is from Texas A&M, East Texas is in area 2 Self Fruitfful means no more than one is need for pollination

Peaches are well adapted to most parts of Texas. Because all peaches are self-fruitful, it is not necessary to plant more than one variety. One tree normally supplies more peaches than one family can consume. The later ripening varieties are of better quality.

CHARACTERISTICS OF RECOMMENDED PEACH VARIETIES
Variety Fruit size Stone* Ripe date Planting zone
Yellow Flesh
EarliGrande small cling mid-April 6, 7
TropicSweet medium free late April 6, 7
FlordaPrince small cling late April 7
TropicBeauty medium semi-free late April 6, 7
FlordaGrande medium to large semi-cling early May 6, 7
FlordaCrest small cling early May 5, 6
FlordaKing medium semi-cling mid-May 6
Springgold small cling mid-May 1, 2, 3, 4
Juneprince medium semi-free mid-May 3, 4, 5
Bicentennial small cling mid to late May 1, 2, 3,4
JuneGold large semi-cling late May 4, 5
Texstar medium to large semi-cling late May 6
Surecrop medium cling early June 1, 2, 3
TexRoyal large free early June 4, 5
Sentinel large semi-cling early June 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
Harvester medium to large semi-free mid-June 2, 3, 4, 5
Ranger large free mid to late June 1, 2, 3
La Feliciana large free late June 5, 6
Redglobe large free late June 1, 2, 3, 4
Summergold medium free late June 4
Fireprince large free late June 1, 2, 3, 4
Bounty large free late June-early July 3, 4
Milam large free early July 1, 2, 3, 4
Loring large free early July 2, 3, 4
Denman large free early July 1, 2, 3
Dixieland large free mid-July 2, 3, 4, 5
Redskin large free mid-July 2, 3, 4, 5
Jefferson large free mid to late July 1, 2, 3, 4
White Flesh
TropicSnow medium cling mid-May 6, 7
FlordaGlo medium cling mid-May 6, 7
Melba medium to large free mid-July 4, 5
Palace medium to large free mid-July 4, 5
Belle of Georgia medium free mid-July 1, 2, 3
White Hale large free mid to late July 4, 5
White Star large free late July 1
*Stone (pit) adherence to flesh; cling=tight adherence; free=no adherence

    Bookmark   February 19, 2008 at 3:58AM
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