Published on 01/05/00

Some New and Old Peach Varieties for Your Yard

It's time to start thinking about planting fruit trees. Georgians start thinking peaches.

January is usually a good time to put your favorite variety of peach in the ground. But before you plant, learn about several great new varieties available for some regions of the state.

In south Georgia, you may plant old standards like ‘Flordaking' and ‘June Gold.' Be aware that they have some quality problem.

‘Flordadawn' is a good choice if you want to be the first on your street to offer fruit to your neighbors. ‘Juneprince' is a very reliable variety, and you can count on a crop in most years. Its attractive color and good size make it a nice replacement for ‘Coronet' in South Georgia.

If you plant ‘Delta,' a nice sweet peach with good hanging quality, make sure you to plant it with a pollinizer. The very pretty ‘Suncoast' nectarine or ‘White Robin,' a nice white fleshed peach, are good choices.

The best late-fruiting variety in south Georgia is ‘Suwannee.' A good nectarine is ‘Sunfire.'

Next year look for a wonderful new variety named ‘Gulfprince.' It has beautiful color, size, flavor, and will hang on the tree longer than most other varieties available for that region. Generally order your trees on the Nemaguard rootstock.

Middle Georgians can choose from several new varieties. ‘Springprince' is the earliest producer. ‘Rubyprince,'‘June princess nectarine,'‘Southern Pearl,' ‘Sureprince' and ‘Blazeprince' all are ready for harvest in June.

For late season fruite, select ‘Autumnprince."

North Georgia can reliably select from some older attractive varieties such as ‘Redhaven' (late June), or ‘Cresthaven'(late July) and a couple of fairly new varieties, ‘Encore' and ‘Bounty.' These trees should be ordered on either Halford or Lovell rootstock.

In mid-July you can harvest ‘Bounty,' a very red peach, that requires less thinning than other varieties and has a nice size and shape.

‘Encore' fruit, available in early August in north Georgia, isn't the prettiest peach you'll find, but has good size, flavor and yield. Its higher bud hardiness makes it a good selection for the northern parts of Georgia where late frosts can be a problem.

You can order trees for $4 to $6 per tree. Here are several nurseries that supply trees for our area:

Cumberland Valley Nursery (800)492-0022)

HollyDale Nursery (800)222-302

Vaughn Nursery (931)934-2715

Reserve your trees as soon as possible for January delivery.

When your trees arrive, keep them in a cool area out of the sun (a basement or outdoor storage room will be best) surrounded in plastic until you can plant them.

For planting advice, contact your local county extension agent for the bulletin Home Garden Peaches and Nectarines. It not only describes the best planting procedures, but also instructs on tree maintenance, training and pruning.

Kathryn Taylor is a stone fruits horticulturist with the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.