How to Plant Dwarf Peach Trees

Overview

The peach tree (Prunus persica) is a fruit-producing tree that is believed to be originally from Asia. Peaches are juicy, sweet-tasting fruit that make them one of the more popular fruits for eating raw. Dwarf peach trees are commonly planted in the home garden because unlike standard-sized peach trees, dwarf peach trees rarely grow more than 5 to 7 feet tall. Their smaller size makes them somewhat easier to care for, but all peach trees require a great deal of maintenance and are one of the most difficult fruit trees to grow.

Step 1

Decide on a good planting site for the dwarf peach trees. For best growth the site should be in full sun such as along a south- or southwest-facing location.

Step 2

Dig up the soil in the planting site to a depth of 12 to 14 inches. Remove any objects from the soil such as sticks, rocks or weeds as you work the soil.

Step 3

Dig planting holes for the dwarf peach trees that are three times the width of their root system, and about 2 to 3 inches deeper, if planting bare-root dwarf peach trees. If planting container-grown peach trees, each hole should be twice the diameter of the planting pot and about the same depth. Space each hole about 10 to 12 feet apart.

Step 4

Scoop aged steer manure, dehydrated compost, leaf mold or other like material into a five-gallon bucket. Mix the amendment into the soil you removed from the planting hole thoroughly using a garden fork or a shovel. Do this for each planting hole.

Step 5

Pour 5 or 6 inches of water into the five-gallon bucket. Remove the wrapping from the roots of the bare-root dwarf peach trees, if there is any. Set the roots into the bucket of water to soak for about one hour. Soaking the roots will help rehydrate them in case they have been dried out.

Step 6

Remove the planting pot from the dwarf peach trees if you are planting container-grown peaches. Lay the container horizontally on the ground. Use a hammer or a stout block of wood and strike downward along the rim of the container until you can wiggle the container free from the root system.

Step 7

Place a container-grown peach tree into one of the planting holes. If planting bare-root peach trees, create a 5- to 6-inch high conical mound of soil in the center of the planting hole. Spread out the roots on top of the mound of soil. Hold the dwarf peach tree vertical in its planting hole while you scoop in soil to fill the hole about 2/3 full. Push the soil down around the peach tree to eliminate air pockets. Fill the remainder of the hole full with soil.

Step 8

Create a 3- to 4-inch-high berm of soil around each of the dwarf peach trees that is about 24 inches in diameter. Fill up the ring with water slowly so it can reach down to the roots. For bare-root peach trees, cut back the bare-root peach trees to about 2 to 3 feet above the ground as suggested by Sunset Plant Finder.

Things You'll Need

  • Dwarf peach trees
  • Shovel or garden fork
  • Soil amendment
  • Bucket
  • Hammer
  • Snips

References

  • Delange.org: Information on Dwarf Peach Trees
  • The University of Florida: Information on Dwarf Peach Trees
  • Sunset's Plant Finder: Peach Trees
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About this Author

Katelyn Lynn is a certified holistic health practitioner who specializes in orthomolecular medicine and preventative modalities. She also has extensive experience in botany and horticulture. Lynn has been writing articles for various websites relating to health and wellness since 2007. She has been published on gardenguides.com. She is currently pursuing a Bachelor of Science in alternative medicine from Everglades University.