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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.
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.
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!
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?