Peach trees -Selection and planting Time
I have property in Mason County, Texas. I am interested in planting a few peach trees on the property. Could you advise me as to what peach trees do well in my area and when they ahold be planted? Thank you.
You need to plant as soon as possible. You want a good root system before the heat of the summer
Variety selection is important to taste, appearance, shipping and storage. Pollination is necessary and some varieties require you plant a different variety for pollination. But chilling hours (the number of hours under 45 degrees and above 32 degrees) is important just to grow fruit. This is the number of hour of cold required to make the flowers buds come out of dormancy.
TAMU keeps a record of chilling hours for the Overton Center at http://etweather.tamu.edu/chill.htm So to select varieties, all these different things need to be considered.
Your county extension agent is the best source for information in your county. The contact information for your county office is below.
Office: 325.347.6459 Fax: 325.347.8402
Mason, TX 76856
An orchard will select varieties that produce early in the season, mid-season and late in order to have fruit for a long season where an few trees in a backyard may just be purchased at a local garden center or feed store. Womack Nursery in De Leon, Texas, and Bob Wells in Lindale, Texas, are good suppliers for fruit trees. They will send you a free catalog and they ship. Their catalogs are a tremendous help for variety selection.
Womack Nursery Co.
Larry J. Womack ● Larry Don Womack
2551 State Hwy 6
De Leon, TX 76444-6333
Phone: (254) 893-6497
Fax: (254) 893-3400
BOB WELLS NURSERY
17160 CR 4100 LINDALE, TX
PHONE: 903-882-3550 FAX: 903-882-8030
Heavy clay soil can be a problem. Clay soil does make it difficult to grow fruit trees but not impossible. Texas has a huge fruit growing industry.
First plant the trees in the area that drains the best. No low area. This is for good drainage as well as to avoid frost pockets. Use drip irrigation. The advantage of drip irrigation is the slow application of water allows the water to enter the soil more efficiently. Water infrequently, slowly and deeply. This will cause the roots to grow deep. If this is in a landscape and you have an automatic irrigation system, turn off the head applying water in the area where the fruit trees are growing. Or adjust the heads to spray away from the trees. Most sprinkler systems apply water faster than the ground can absorb the water. Too much water on the foliage causes plants diseases.