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09/04/2013 at 16:29

I bought a cheap Redhaven peach tree from a discount store for the princely sum of £2, it has new buds on it and is about 1m tall.

The roots were wrapped in what looked like damp sawdust with some plastic around it. When I opened it up, there was a little bit of mould on the roots where the damp sawdust had been, but it all came off when I shook all of the sawdust off. Do you think it will be okay?

Also, the bigger roots had been 'folded', and the two thickest ones (just less than 1cm thick) were a bit damaged at the fold.

I have planted it in appropriate compost and left in a sunny spot and will hope for the best!

Any comments welcome.

09/04/2013 at 17:16
Loz46
Yes, I think it should be ok.
Did you dig decent hole? Put some goodness in it? Did you water it in?
You did well at that price...very well

A few points.
Peaches do well in pots
They suffer in spring fom a disease that affects the leaves...peach leaf curl. If you can cover it or grow in a greenhouse at this time you will avoid this problem. One reason to grow in a pot.
They need protection from spring frosts....again in a greenhouse would be better.
If you decide to keep it in the ground. Throw fleece over it NEXT spring.
Enjoy your peaches...nothing better than your own fresh peaches
09/04/2013 at 17:30

I had a peregrine peach tree as a Christmas present.  It had beautiful scented blossom on it so I got out my sable paint brush and hand pollinated it.  I lost count of the number of peaches after 20  they are now the size of gooseberries.  i put it in a big pot and in the conservatory as it is very tall.  My fig, Turkey Brown, fruits well in there.  I keep it well watered and eventually will feed it like i have the fig.  I expect to have to thin some of the fruit but will wait to see if they drop any fruit like apples and pears do. I expect your bargain tree will be fine.  mine came 14ft tall so the ones from nurseries are usually a bit older when sold.  keeping the young leaves from getting wet by rainwater is the way to stop them getting peach leaf curl which is a fungal disease spread by the spores being brought down by rain.

09/04/2013 at 19:17

Good advice, above.  Grow it agaist a south-facing wall if you can.  The extra warmth and protection that gives will really help.  Quite a bargain!

10/04/2013 at 08:49

Thanks for the info re leaf curl, I will sort out some cover for it... Is it only susceptible when the leaves are very young and not established?

Verdun, I did all of the above apart from the goodness - I read that peaches like around ph 6.5 well draining soil which mine is, is there anything else I should give it?

10/04/2013 at 09:05
Loz, it seems to me peach leaf curl is not as bad on older leaves in summer. So protection as new leaves emerge and "harden" is prob all that is needed. It's a air borne disease caused by rainfall.
A good organic mulch after planting and watering is useful. If......if....we get dry summer just keep an eye on the watering.
Happymarion really has said it all there loz
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