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Article: Give Peach a chance?
gloria125 Greensboro, AL Planting peach pits is one way to get a peach tree, but it is apt to be one that is subject to 100 diseases that a hybrid tree has been bred to resist. And there is nothing sadder than to watch a peach grow and then succumb to white scale, bugs, and rot.
It is fun to find old fashioned peaches -- like the Indian peach that you can still find at nurseries in the South.
sallyg Anne Arundel,, MD (Zone 7a) Gloria I have to agree, about not using pits, after reading that same warning in every reliable source. I just ate a wonderful 'Redhaven' peach yesterday.
gloria125 Greensboro, AL I had a link to Indian Peach in my post (Blood Peach) which stated that particular peach would come true from the pit.
The link has disappeared.
sallyg Anne Arundel,, MD (Zone 7a) I don't know why that would be. Would you try again?
There's a brief mention of that here
gloria125 Greensboro, AL
http://www.aaronsfarm.com/product/Indian Blood Cling Peach T...
O.K. I did find it. Indian Blood cling peach.
sallyg Anne Arundel,, MD (Zone 7a) Thanks! and I tell you, even a bargain basement 2-3 foot tree will grow fast.
gloria125 Greensboro, AL Sometimes its hard to find a peach that's not grafted.
The peach truck from Chilton County which must be the world capital for peaches was here yesterday.
A whole truckload of huge perfect ripe peaches! . They smelled heavenly. The grower said he'd be back next week, so Ive got to get ready to spend a day putting up peaches.
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sallyg Anne Arundel,, MD (Zone 7a) I must go buy some more--The ones I had last week were great.
By the way--the tiny seedling I photographed in the article, two leavs in April, is now a good 18 inches tall. This in record heat and drought with not that much water help, way back in a flower bed.
gloria125 Greensboro, AL I guess that's why peaches grow so great in Alabama. They enjoy the heat. I know you are proud of your baby peach. I hope it produces some great peaches for you!
twelvethumbs Evansville, IN Even if your volunteer peach is a dud you could practice your grafting skills on it. possibly grafting 3 or 4 varieties on it. If you kill it your loss is limited to your time.
sallyg Anne Arundel,, MD (Zone 7a) Now there's a thought. Grafting is another new venture in gardening for me; I've read it but never attempted.
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