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I'm going to start another thread, this time on peaches (and other fruit)


If you had to choose 4 peach trees, which would you choose? I’ve never planted a peach tree before, however I dearly love to eat them. What 4 peach trees would you plant if you had to choose—keeping in mind that you don’t want them to all ripen at the same time.


I have no idea how each variety tastes and only know that what they have at the grocery store is sometimes good and often not.


I’m also going to plant...

Beauty Plum  (May/June) The skin is supposed to be more tender than Santa Rosa

Meiwa Kumquat (Oct-Mar)  I’ve never eaten one but it sounds good

Strawberry Guava (spring & fall) I’ve never eaten one of these either but read that they are sweet and not as frost tender as most Guavas

Spice Zee Nectaplum (July/Aug) If I can find one and they actually will grow here

Surinam Cherry (spring and sometimes fall)

Cherry of the Rio Grande (Apr-June) 4 trees — they are evergreen, small pretty trees and the fruit is supposed to taste very similar to a real cherry

Pomegranate—not sure which variety

Anna and Dorsett Golden Apples

Black Mission Fig

Rosborough Blackberries (Apr-May) I think 3 should feed our family


What fruit did you plant? I'd love to hear what you have that you love and also what you wish you hadn't planted. Inquiring minds want to know!

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All I can do it tell you what I did...I've yet to get a peach from my trees since they were just planted this last winter.  In the front yard, in front of the front porch I planted a line of 4 peach trees...

1 Flordiaprince

1 Babcock

1 Red Baron (beautiful red flowers)

1 Desert Gold

I think those would be my top 4 as well.   Maybe Saturn in place of Desert Gold, as I like white peaches, and the blooms are hot pink.  Red Baron, by far, has the best looking blooms of all the peaches. 

Best looking blooms are nice, but how are the peaches?  : )

I like white peaches too.

I've never eaten a Saturn Peach, but after looking it up I do believe it will make my list. Thanks for the recommendation!

Andrew - have you grown the Saturn Peach here? It's not on any of the lists for peaches recommended for the low desert.

Ditto with Red Baron. Has anyone eaten the fruit grown here?

I like much the same:


Babcocks- tasty white flesh peach

FloridaPrince- heat tolerant

Mid Pride- good mid season peach

Desert Gold- early and proven to do well here


Earligrande sounds like a good one as well.


If you haven't been to Schnepf farms already its a u pick peach farm in queen creek. a good place to try different varieties that do well here. They have apricots and plums as well. 

I have a Saturn growing in my yard right now.  It grows similarly to Babcock. 


Desert Gold is an early yellow peach.  I think that's the variety that Liz and Dan just harvested by the bushel on their blog page (it's either that or Earligrande).   It's ready by late May. 


Red Baron is a yellow peach and grows very well (250 chill hours) but ripens in July.  It's sweeter than Desert Gold.



I was planning to put the 4 peach trees on the east side of my house so they would have afternoon sun. Is that a good place for them?

Will a plum take full sun?

If i was going to plant four peach trees they would be the earligrande peach,mid pride peach,may pride peach and the donut stark saturn peach.Mid pride and donut both ripen in June to early July and the others ripen in May.The earligrande peach has great flavor and size mine this year reached almost three inches. I hope to get a donut peach tree this time around for the beautiful flowers,you know Whitfill Nursery also has a good selection of stone fruit trees.I went to Bakers nursery a few weeks ago and they had the flavor grenade pluot,as well as flavor queen pluot with two other varieties of pluots growing on the same tree,but i saw the chilling requirement of 400 to 500 hours and we really dont get that much chill here unless you live in certain parts of the valley.I purchased a tropic snow peach tree from Bakers nursery this variety is also a good one it ripens in May!!!

The only pluots that will do well are Flavor Grenade, Splash, Flavor King, and Emerald Drop.  Flavor Grenade and Emerald Drop probably do the best here.  They need to be on nemagard for long term survival in Arizona.  Unfortunately the 3-in-1 and 4-in-1 trees are on citation. 



Andrew , Is nemagard the only rootstock good for our soil with stone fruit ? What are the problems associated with citation ?

I have a 3-1 that is on nemagard, luckily, got it at Tropica Mango, but had never really thought about what rootstock to get when I buy my stone fruit.

Citation can't take drought stress, which is inevitable in July and August.  It also can't take high salinity water well either, without weekly flushes. 


Bay Laurel Nursery (the major mail order source for Dave Wilson) covers this better than I can:


Peaches and nectarines dwarfed to 8-14 ft.; apricots and plums dwarfed to 12-18 ft. Very tolerant of wet soil; not drought tolerant(induces early dormancy in dry soil) so needs very regular water in hot climates; a top dressing of mulch can help maintain soil moisture. Resists root-knot nematodes. Induces heavy bearing at a young age. Very winter hardy. Strong and well anchored. Pat. No. 5112 (Zaiger)


Vigorous, standard rootstock for plums, peaches, nectarines, apricots, prunes, almonds. More tolerant of wet soils than Nemaguard; also more cold hardy. Susceptible to nematodes in sandy soils. Provides good anchorage and high degree of disease resistance. Unpruned tree height of standard varieties 15-25 ft.; size can be controlled further with summer pruning.


Standard rootstock for nectarines, peaches, apricots, plums, prunes, almonds. Vigorous, resists root-knot nematode. Excellent for well drained soils. In heavy or poorly drained soil, plant on mound or hill. May not be winter hardy below 5°F. Unpruned tree height of standard varieties 15-25 ft., size can be controlled further with summer pruning.


NOTE: For areas with very hot, dry climates we do not recommend Citation root stock. We have had reports from customers in Texas and Arizona who have had much better luck with Nemaguard. We realize some of the varieties are only offered on Citation and if you wish to plant those varieties, be sure to supply adequate irrigation.



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