Prunus Persica 'Contender'
1/2-7/8 inch stem diameter at sale, bare root
~3-5 ft tall at sale
Sourced from NY
Cold hardy. Sweet and juicy.
Recommended Spacing (ft) 12 - 15 Mature Width (ft) 12 - 15 Mature Height (ft) 12 - 15 Annual Growth Rate (in) 24 Pollination Needs Self-pollinating, yield increases with multiple Bloom Time Mid-March to early April Ripens/Harvest Late August Soil pH 6.5 - 7.0 Soil Type Sandy Soil Moisture Well-drained, moist Sun Preference Full Sun Taste Sweet Texture Juicy
Prunus persica. Parent lineage: ‘Winblo’ x NCX64. Bred at NC State in 1951 and released in 1989.
Disease: Resistance to bacterial spot
Pruning: Early Spring
- Year 1: Avoid fertilizer
- Subsequent years: Feed twice a year, Once in April and again in May
- Fertilizer: 10-10-10 is sufficient
The University of Maine has released a Bulletin about growing peach trees, which is also helpful to Vermonters. Read the Bulletin Here