Advantages A beautiful tree which has pastel pink blossom and delicious fruit!
Disadvantages Quite high maintenance- the tree will not look after itself!
If you live in the South of England or slightly further north and you have a nice sheltered garden you may like to try and grow your very own peach tree - I do and it's fun, and the rewards are not only the sight of a fully ripened peach ready to pick in late August, but the joys of beautiful blossom which resembles tissue paper confetti in early February! I have to say nothing beats this for providing some very early colour in the garden to keep the early crocus and snowdrops company.
The main pest problem is called "Peach Leaf Curl" which is a fungus carried in the air and causes the leaves to shrivel and turn red. This can be prevented by spraying, and to a certain extent by the fleece covering. A new variety called Peach Avalon Pride has been developed which is peach leaf curl resistant and you can buy this from Dobies at www.dobies.co.uk.
A fan trained tree grows to about 8 feet tall but will spread out by as much as 16 feet.
When we planted ours all those years ago we followed all the advice and really well dug the ground first, because you want good moisture but plenty of drainage - you are trying to emulate the weather of Greece and Spain so it can't be waterlogged.
The best variety is called Peregrine which produces peaches each year, and is easier to grow than nectarines which are very challenging to the average gardener.
Over the years we have enjoyed many beautiful peaches. Some years we have had more success than others, and in certain years we have been left with only a handful of peaches which ripen.
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