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Peachy Morning

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I hope everyone’s morning is going well! Mine sure is peachy! Keep cool today, guys and gals… it’s going to be a hot one.

Found this information in the Old Farmer’s Almanac online. It could be very helpful if you’re trying to grow your own peach tree!

Here’s some of the important information I learned:
Planting/Care:
– Peach trees are most successful in USDA Zones 5 to 8, but do especially well in Zones 6 and 7. Living in these Zones allows you to choose from a larger variety of peaches, but there are fewer varieties to choose from for colder locations.
– When purchasing a tree, pick one that is about 1-year-old.
– To plant, choose an area with well-drained, moderately fertile soil in full sunlight. Avoid lower areas when planting because frost settles in these locations more easily and will destroy your peaches.
– Plant the trees in the spring and, if possible, it is best to plant the trees the day you get them.
– About 6 weeks after planting, fertilize the trees with 1 pound of a nitrogen fertilizer. During the second year, add 3/4 pound of nitrogen fertilizer once in the spring and once in the early summer. After the third year, add about 1 pound of actual nitrogen per year to the mature trees in the spring.
– To help make the tree hardier, do not fertilize it within 2 months of the first fall frost date or when the fruits are maturing.

Harvest/Storage:
– Harvest peaches when they are fully ripe (no green left on the fruit).
– Peaches normally come off the tree with a slight twist.
Peaches found on the top and outside of the tree usually ripen first.

Zone Favorites:
Zone 4- Hale
Zone 5- Madison
Zone 6- Saturn
Zone 7- Contender
Zone 8- Frost
Zone 9- Topaz
Zone 10- Florida Beauty

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