Growing peach trees as an ornamental plant in your garden or for fresh fruit provides a cherished pastime. Ripe peaches taste all the more delicious after having watched the tree grow over the years. To successfully grow a peach tree, pick the right kind of tree for your area and purposes. There are dozens of varieties to choose from and a wealth of knowledge at your local nursery. Start by contacting other local peach growers to see what species have worked for them in your area.
Choose a variety of tree well-suited to your area. Peach trees require a certain number of hours of winter temperatures before breaking dormancy. Trees accustomed to shorter winters may bloom too early and lose their fruit to frost. Check with a local nursery for the best regional varieties.
Consider what type of fruit best suits your purposes. Medium-size July Elberta peaches are great for freezing and canning. Large and juicy Redhaven peaches, on the other hand, are best when consumed straight off the tree.
Choose types with different harvest periods when planting multiple trees. Plant Springcrest peaches alongside Gemfree, Loring and Biscoe peaches for ripe fruit from early July to September.
Plant heirloom peach varieties, such as the Crawford Peach, for a low-maintenance fruit crop. Hardy heirloom peaches have formed resistance to disease over many generations and developed natural protection against insects.