Peach, Contender

Peach, Contender

Prunus Persica 'Contender'

1/2-7/8 inch stem diameter at sale, bare root

Sourced from NY


Cold hardy. Sweet and juicy. Pink blooms.


    • Description

      Other Names:  Prunus persica. Parent lineage: ‘Winblo’ x NCX64

      Native to: Bred at NC State in 1951 and released in 1989.

      Flower Color:  Pink

      Pollination: Blooms mid- March/early-April. Self-fertile, but yield will increase with multiple trees or varieties.

      Fruit Color: Red/yellow with yellow flesh

      Fruit Size: Medium-large

      Type: Freestone

      Harvest in: 2-5 years

      Harvest Window: Late August

      Mature yield: 3-6 bushels

      Mature height: 12-15 ft

      Mature width: 12-15 ft

      Growth Rate: Up to 24 inches per year

      Light Requirements: At least 6 hours of direct sun during the growing season

      Water Requirements: 1-2 gallons per week or 1-2 inches of rainfall per week

      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
      • Soil pH: 6.5-7.0
    • Resources

      Peach cultivar ‘Contender’ receives the 2014 American Society for Horticultural Science Outstanding Fruit Cultivar Award

      The University of Maine has released a Bulliten about growing peach trees, which is also helpful to Vermonters. Read the Bulliten Here