How to Plant Peach Fruit Trees

Overview

Peach fruit trees allow you to grow your favorite fruit in your home garden. A peach fruit tree is usually packaged in large plastic bag wrapped around the rootball. It is best to plant a peach tree right away in order to prevent the roots from drying out. Pick a site that will promote the successful growth of the peach tree. The soil should be deep, fertile and well-drained.

Step 1

Loosen the soil in a 6 foot radius to the depth of 6 to 12 inches. Dig a hole in the center of the worked up area that is large enough to hold the roots without twisting or breaking them. The hole should be deep enough to hold the entire root ball.

Step 2

Use the edge of your shovel to scrape and loosen the soil on the sides of the hole. This will allow the roots to penetrate the sides as they grow.

Step 3

Remove the package wrapped around the rootball by cutting the bag away with a sharp knife. Remove all nursery tags, string, twine and wire wrapped around branches. Untwist the wires with a pair of pliers.

Step 4

Loosen the soil around the roots and gently pull the roots apart. Spread them out a bit. This will encourage the roots to grow outward rather then encircling the hole.

Step 5

Place the peach tree in the hole at the same depth as the bag. Check the depth and adjust it by adding soil to the bottom of the hole. Keep the bud union 1 inch above the soil level.

Step 6

Fill the hole halfway with soil around the rootball. Then add water to the top of the hole. This settles the soil around the roots of the peach tree. Fill the remainder of the hole with soil. Gently firm the soil around the tree.

Step 7

Water the newly planted peach tree thoroughly. Add 3 inches of mulch like bark or wood chips on top of the soil around the tree. This will help preserve moisture and discourage weed growth.

Tips and Warnings

  • Pick a planting site where the peach tree can reach its mature size without running into overhead wires, buildings, fences, other plants and roadways. This will help ensure a successful peach tree.

Things You'll Need

  • Shovel
  • Peach fruit tree
  • Sharp knife
  • Pliers
  • Water
  • Mulch

References

  • The Ohio State University Extension Fact Sheet: Growing Peaches and Nectarines in the Home Landscape
  • The University of Kentucky: Transplanting Trees And Shrubs
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Karen Carter has spent the last three years working as a technology specialist in the public school system. This position included hardware/software installation, customer support, and writing training manuals. She also spent four years as a newspaper editor/reporter at the Willapa Harbor Herald.