Raising Peaches, from the Ground Up

(Last Updated On: July 14, 2011)

“This article was authored exclusively for Eat Like No One Else by Pearson Farm, a fifth-generation family farm producing the best Georgia peaches that are shipped directly from our orchard to your front door.”

Peach trees are like any other produce: they take time, energy and effort to make a viable crop.

Most people will tell you that peach trees are beautiful when in bloom and their visual draw is as much of an appeal as their juicy product. Peach trees do not require much effort to “look good”, but take quite a bit of care to fill your peach basket with ripe fruit each summer.

While peach trees have been in existence for thousands of years, a number of varieties exist today. Most peach trees can produce fruit by themselves, not requiring another tree for pollination purposes.

The number of branches on a peach tree determines how much fruit it will produce. Trees typically reach three feet in height the first year, assuming they are exposed to plentiful sunlight and clean air. When the weather warms, peaches begin to thrive; however, a frost or freeze during the blooming period can doom a tree.

Peach trees need an adequate water supply, but can’t survive in flood conditions and need good draining soil to grow properly. When all the elements are right, the tree can flourish and grow.

Most peach trees will begin to bear viable fruit in 3 years. However, it must be mentioned that to get to this point requires a great deal of attention. Pruning, access to fertile soil, fertilizer and disease management all play a part in raising healthy trees. When everything goes right, peach trees will produce fruit and appetites will be successfully fulfilled.

What many people don’t realize is that peach trees live a fairly short period of time – an average of 15-20 years.