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Will a Dwarf Peach Tree survive?

Posted by cancerchild86 9b AZ (My Page) on
Sun, Jul 19, 09 at 11:18

I want to order and plant a Dwarf Peach Tree on my patio. Is it too hot for one to survive here? I've been reading that they need 700 hours of chilling. Will just bringing it in the house work? (planting in a container!) How much sun do they need? My whole family loves peaches and this would be far more cost effective than buying them, plus I'd know what kind of fertilizers, insecticides, and such are used, as opposed to the grocery store.


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RE: Will a Dwarf Peach Tree survive?

We grow a number of Peaches and I can tell you they do perform well here if your taking care of them right, and thats not hard to do. You need the low chill varieties that will set fruit here is all. The two best for this area is the Bonanza Miniature and Southern Rose, both are Genetic Dwarf's that will only grow to a 5X5 height/spread.
Theres are several other options you have besides keeping to a dwarf also

Here is a link that might be useful: Peach Trees grown in AZ by RSI


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RE: Will a Dwarf Peach Tree survive?

Thanks so much! What does that mean, though? About chilling. I've been looking everywhere I can think of, but nothing has explained it. How low a temp does it need for so many hours. I'm assuming that's in a year. We had peach trees in the backyard when I was little, but I'm not the one who took care of them.


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Chill hours is the amount of time/hours that your tree has to be below a temp (45 degrees) in order to set fruit the following season, each type is different but all the ones on the link mention the hours required and will set fruits here. In the valley we can count on a average of 350 to 450 hours of chill time


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RE: Will a Dwarf Peach Tree survive?

In a pot on a patio you will not want sun in the afternoon unless it is a really big pot. You should get enough peaches for a pie or two. If planted in the ground you will increase your yield. (provided the birds don't get them all)


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The University of Arizona has a list of recommended deciduous fruits and nuts for the low desert. According to this publication "Most areas of Maricopa County average between 300 to 400 chilling hours per year. By selecting varieties of fruit that require around 250 hours of chilling to set fruit you can be sure of a full crop almost every year."

As turtleman mentioned the Bonanza peach is one of the best dwarf for our location. The UA bulletin says "*Bonanza Miniature: Popular yellow freestone - large fruit is sweet, low in acid, with a mild, refreshing flavor. Mid-to-late May in low desert climates. Five- to six-foot tree. Chilling requirement very low, 250 hours or less. Self-fruitful." (meaning it doesn't need another tree to cross-pollinate)

Here is a link that might be useful: Deciduous Fruits and Nuts for the Low Desert


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I planted a Bonanza peach a couple of months ago (March) and it is thriving. It had beautiful flowers and now there are a bunch of peaches and leaves on it and they look great.

My question is do I need to shade it in the summer now that we are into the 100's?

Is yes, does anyone know of a simple shade tree kit (or easy do-it-yourself method) that they recommend? The tree is about 2.5 feet tall at most.


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I buy beach umbrellas at Big Lots to shade small areas and containers. They're usually neon green, bright blue or yellow. I've used them in front and back yards just because, gaudy as they are, they're prettier than stakes and shade cloth.


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Too late for a Dwarf Peach Tree?

Next question: Is it altogether too late to buy a dwarf peach, put it in a pot and shade it?


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RE: Will a Dwarf Peach Tree survive?

  • Posted by AJBB none (My Page) on
    Thu, May 17, 12 at 21:51

I'd wait until fall.


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