How to Grow a Peach Tree

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Grow a peach tree by finding a type of tree that requires the right amount of chill hours for the climate, barely covering the top root with soil and avoiding over-watering. Get rid of any growths on a peach tree that occur low on the trunk with advice from the owner of a plant nursery in this free video on growing peaches.

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Hello, you're wanting to grow a peach tree for your backyard? Several factors are going to enter into the case. This is Richard Skinner owner of Hawkin's Corner Nursery in Plant City, Florida. Yes, we do grow peach trees in Florida. The University of Florida has provided us with what we call low chill fruit trees, peach trees, and those are the ones that doesn't take many hours of temperature in the 40's and 30's to take it through dormancy and consequently we would get bloom and fruit. Now the different areas of the country are going to have different chill hour requirements. So you want to make sure when you plant your peach tree that you've got one that is proper for your area of the country and the number of chill hours. If the nursery doesn't know how many chill hours a tree takes, I would advise to not buy there. Go somewhere where they can tell you how many chill hours this peach tree needs and you can determine ahead of time how many chill hours on average that you get in your particular climate zone. Now when you plant your peach tree, very important, always, always, never plant the peach tree with dirt way up on the stalk or the trunk of the tree. You want to barely cover your top root. That's the first and most important thing. Second most important thing is you don't want to keep that tree with wet feet from now on, now it's good to mud it in, water it in real good when you plant it, but you don't want that tree to be standing in soupy, sweat soil. Cliche that we have is peach trees don't like wet feet. And it's very important here in Florida and Georgia. When you get into some of the areas of the mountainous or hilly country, it's not as important because you get better drainage but in the flatlands you don't get as good of drainage so you want to make sure those peach trees don't have wet feet. The other thing is that most often your peach tree is going to be grafted. So any growth that comes out right below the graft line and you need to determine where the graft line it's usually about 3 to 4 inches above the base of the tree. Any growth that comes out down there, flick it off with your finger quickly before it gets established because otherwise it will suck all of the energy because that is your root stalk. This is Richard Skinner coming to you from Plant City, Florida, Hawkin's Corner Nursery on how to grow your peach tree.

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