2010 Peach Report

Piles of 'Reliance' peaches The summer of 2010 was a “peachy” one at our house. Peaches covered tables and filled buckets an dripped down chins. Mom, Esther, brothers, and friends joyfully rose to the occasion and bagged, froze, dried, canned, and ate until all 430 pounds of fresh sun-ripened fruit was safely put away. As I continue to evaluate the few carefully chosen peach varieties we have planted here in the mountains of West Virginia, I was excited for the chance to gather more information, especially on fruit quality.

'Seedling #3' produced large red fruits The grafted cultivars ‘Intrepid’ and ‘Madison’ were too young to bear. More on them in coming years. ‘Contender’ suffered a severe setback in the winter of 2008-2009 due to borers and meadow voles, but is making a surprising comeback. Our ‘Hardired’ nectarine finally died after a long struggle with our environment. Any fruits it ripened in previous years always cracked severely. It had bacterial spot problems on the foliage unlike our other peaches and always lost its leaves early and simply never thrived. Chances are low that I’ll experiment with nectarines again; if I do  it will probably be ‘Mericrest’.

'Seedling #3' fruit ripening on the tree!Peaches were harvested from three cultivars, ‘Reliance’, ‘Harrow Beauty’, and ‘Charlotte’, and three seedlings of ‘Bounty’, #1, #2, and #3.

Trees in chart are listed in ripening order.

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Peach Chart 2010

3 Comments

  1. Donald January 8, 2011 at 8:01 am #

    Praise the Lord. It is wonderful that you took the time to look back and document exactly how great God’s blessing was! I’m looking forward to 2011.

  2. Denise January 8, 2011 at 1:32 pm #

    Sounds like you’re making good progress with the cultivation of peaches. But don’t give up on nectarines yet! Look up Paul Friday’s PF 11 nectarine. He’s based in Michigan and his PF 11 nectarines are supposedly very resistant to bacteria.

  3. James January 11, 2011 at 9:04 am #

    I love the chart! This close documentation over the years will prove VERY helpful to not only yourself, but to many others in the future.

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