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Peach, Contender

Prunus Persica 'Contender'

Family: Rosaceae

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

~4-6 ft tall at sale

Sourced from NY


Cold hardy. Sweet and juicy.


    • General Information

      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
    • Description

      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
    • Resources

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

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

    • Photo Credit

      Photo by Jared Subia on Unsplash

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