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We’re all familiar with Georgia peaches, but New Hampshire peaches? The Reliance Peach Tree from New Hampshire makes it possible for backyard growers in cold climates to enjoy the pleasures of peach-growing just like their friends in the South. This mini tree will take up little room in your garden and doesn’t need another tree to pollinate it, making it perfect for homeowners who want to try fruit-growing, but don’t have a lot of space to devote to it. In late summer, you’ll harvest plenty of juicy, sweet, freestone Reliance peaches for pies, cobblers, and canning—not to mention fresh, healthy snacking. If you garden north of the Mason-Dixon Line, y’all need to check this tree out!
- Hardiness Zone: 4-8
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The Reliance Peach Tree emerged from a fruit tree breeding project at the Agricultural Extension Station in Durham, New Hampshire in the 1950s. It was a seedling of a tree that resulted from a cross between an extra-hardy Minnesota Peach Tree and a Peach variety from Meredith, New Hampshire. At five years old, the brand new tree got its first real test. In January of 1961, frigid weather descended upon the test plot, and the mercury fell to -25°F. For most of the Peach Trees, this was too much to take—their flower buds froze, and the crops were lost that year. However, the hardy little Reliance Peach bloomed nicely and produced a bushel of fruit that summer.
Not only a practical addition to your landscape that will put food on your table, the Reliance Peach Tree is beautiful as well, offering up lovely pink Peach Tree blossoms in spring to decorate your garden.
How to Grow
Peaches are relatively short lived compared to other trees, but with proper care, your Reliance Peach Tree will give you many years of enjoyment. Plant it in a sunny spot with good air circulation all around. The soil should be fertile and well-drained—Peach Trees won’t tolerate “wet feet.” Regular water and fertilizer will help your tree develop a strong root system, which is vital to tree health. Mulch the area around the tree with bark or wood chips to keep the ground beneath it cool and moist. We are happy to answer any questions you have about caring for your Reliance Peach Tree; just drop us a line at firstname.lastname@example.org, and our expert growers will help you out.
Questions & Answers
What type of rootstock are your Peaches grafted onto?
Thank you for your question! Bower & Branch Peach Trees are grafted onto Prunus Americana - Bailey strain, which is American Plum. Our Growers chose this under stock to avoid the incompatibility issues of other Russian rootstock strains.
This is a very hardy rootstock with an excellent track record. In University testing, research test plots in various locations - including Massachusetts, California and Pennsylvania - the Bailey rootstock proved to be one of the best performing rootstocks!
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Size A Trees:
5-6' Tall. Grown in our #7 fruit tree container. This peach will be a stunner in the spring and tasty in the late summer.
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