By: Bonnie L. Grant, Certified Urban Agriculturist
Fans of white-fleshed peaches should try growing Blushingstar peach. Blushingstar peach trees are cold hardy and bear heavy loads of attractively blushed fruit. They are medium sized trees that are ready to harvest in late summer. Blushingstar peach fruit has creamy white flesh and sub-acid flavor. This peach tree variety is recommended for both orchards and home gardens.
About Blushingstar Peach Trees
Blushingstar peaches are one of the classic examples of white-fleshed stone fruit. The trees are fairly unfussy provided the soil drains well and resistant to one of the most common fruit tree diseases – bacterial spot. Best of all, they can produce in just 2 to 3 years. Some tips on how to grow Blushingstar trees will send you on your way to enjoying this outstanding fruit.
Trees are grafted onto rootstock and are sold either bare root or balled and burlapped. Usually, they are just 1 to 3 feet (.3 to .91 m.) tall when you get young plants, but they can grow to 15 feet (4.5 m.) in height. The trees are extremely productive and may need some management to prevent overloading.
Masses of pink blooms appear in spring followed by a densely packed tree full of peaches. The fruit is lovely, creamy green in the background and then blushed almost entirely over with pinkish red. Blushingstar peach fruit is good sized, about 2.5 inches (6 cm.) across with firm flesh that’s slightly acidic.
How to Grow Blushingstar
USDA zones 4 to 8 are excellent for Blushingstar peach growing. The tree is very tolerant of cold weather and can even withstand light frosts up until fruiting.
Select a location in full sun, preferably in well-draining loam, although the trees can tolerate any type of soil. The ideal soil pH is 6.0-7.0.
Loosen soil well and dig a hole that is twice as deep and wide as the spread of the little tree’s roots. Make a hill of soil at the bottom of the hole if you are planting a bare root tree. Spread the roots over that and backfill well.
Water the tree and keep it moderately moist. A stake may be necessary to keep the central trunk straight. Prune young trees after a year to help them form a sturdy scaffold and open the canopy.
Training is a big part of Blushingstar peach growing. Prune the peach trees annually in the early spring to an open center. When the tree is 3 or 4, begin to remove stems that have already bore fruit. This will encourage new fruiting wood. Always prune to a bud and angle the cut away so moisture doesn’t collect.
Once trees begin to bear, fertilize them annually in spring with a nitrogen-based food. There are many pests and diseases of peaches. It is best to start an early spring spray program to combat fungi and keep a close watch for pests and other problems.
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Read more about Peach Trees
Contender peach trees are vigorous and produce a delicate pink flower as the weather warms. They are heavy bearers, weighing down their branches with a crop of large, yellow-fleshed and red-skinned peaches. Contender produces many flowers and provides good spring interest in the landscape. Reliance has fewer flowers with showier pink petals. It yields a crop of large yellow-fleshed peaches with yellowish skins. The fruit of this variety tends to be very soft, so it's important to pick Reliance peaches carefully.
By now, you have a good idea of when peach trees are mature enough to produce fruit, and what time of year to expect fruit (mid to late summer). You also know a bit more about how to take care of peach trees and how to avoid the problems that can affect your harvest.
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