Hey hey hey!!! Have you heard? The peaches are here....the peaches are here. This year at Presidio all 3 varieties (Red Baron, Elberta and Babcock!) have produced delicious peaches. The reliable peach over the past two summers has been the Elberta (producing plenty!). And this year 2 more surprises! The Red Baron and Babcock both have peaches on them!!!
These pictures were taken on 6/30 and they should be ready to eat now. A couple things to note about growing Peach trees in Tucson. Like any fruit tree, they will need plenty of water if you are going to have plump and ripe peaches:) They also surprisingly will take our sun if watered well. I placed all 3 in different locations around the property. Two had almost full sun along a water line and the second(the Red Baron) was in some shade.
Now about placement. Put them along a water line. All of these trees are dwarf trees which means they'll only grow to about 12 feet. Perfect height for picking peaches:) Another reason to plant peach trees? In Spring, when it's cold(for the desert) and there's nothing on the branches, the first sign that spring is around the corner comes in the color of blooms!!!! Depending on the variety, the blooms will be red red or a bright pink. Each bloom represents a peach so protect from winds during this time period.
So keep an eye open for these critters in the Tucson area. A reliable fruit tree for the desert. Chill hours are the lowest for this particular fruit tree. Apricots and Nectarines also do very well here. For two years I've had a few green apricots on the trees but they seem to disappear....hmmmm......now I think a bird may be responsible for these disappearances:)
|Red Baron Peach|
I look forward to tasting the 3 different peaches as they ripen. What fruits are growing in your garden? Would love to hear your favorite seasonal fruit right now or what fruit you've had success with? More tomorrow....
|This Figeater should be called Peacheater:)|