Prunus persica 'Reliance'
1/2-7/8 inch stem diameter at sale, bare root
Sourced from New York
Cold hardy. Sweet and tart. Pink blooms.
Reliance Peach trees are very hardy with a heavy crop production. It is great for cold climates (up to zone 4, all but the highest areas of VT’s NEK) and produces a medium-large, orange-red fruit that ripens in early August. The peaches are soft and juicy with a sweet, classically peachy flavor, and they are great for canning. The tree will grow 12-20 feet tall and bears pink flowers in early spring.
Other Names: Prunus persica
Native to: Bred in the 1950s by Dr. Meader at the University of New Hampshire for cold hardiness, surviving up to -25F.
Flower Color: Pink
Pollination: blooms late (late May into June), Can self-pollinate, but yield will increase with multiple trees or multiple species of trees.
Fruit Color: Yellow with a red blush, flesh is yellow.
Fruit Size: Medium-Large
Harvest in: 2-5 years
Harvest Window: Early August
Mature yield: 3-6 bushels
Mature height: 12-20 ft
Mature width: 12-15 ft
Growth Rate: Up to 24 inches per year
Light Requirements: At least 6 hours per day
Water Requirements: 1-2 gallon per week or 1-2 inches of rainfall
Disease: Senstitive to very wet soils.
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
The University of Maine has released a Bulliten about growing peach trees, which is also helpful to Vermonters. Read the Bulliten Here