If you have a small yard or live in an area where winters are too cold to successfully grow peaches, try growing them in large containers on a sunny patio. North of USDA hardiness zone 6, move the potted tree into an unheated garage or basement to protect it from sub-zero temperatures, which usually prove fatal to peach trees. Dwarf peach trees produce full-size peaches of exceptional quality.
The freestone variety Golden Glory peach (Prunus persica) grows only 5 feet high and is ideal for container growing. It produces pink blossoms in spring and yellow-fleshed peaches with a lightly-blushed, golden skin later in summer. Golden Glory is ideal for cold areas because it requires at least 700 hours of below-freezing temperatures in order to produce fruit the following year.
Honey Babe peach (Prunus persica) is a freestone variety genetic dwarf peach, growing only 4 to 6 feet high. Its fruits are medium sized with deep red skin that contains a slight hint of yellow. Its flesh is firm and orange. Honey Babe is self-fertile, meaning it does not require another peach tree for pollination.
Growing slightly larger than most other varieties of dwarf peaches, Bonanza (Prunus persica) will reach a height of 10 to 12 feet at maturity when planted in the ground. Grown in a container, it will be somewhat shorter, at around 8 to 10 feet tall. It is one of the heaviest-bearing dwarf peach varieties, producing a huge crop of yellow freestone peaches every year in late June. Bonanza does not require a pollinator in order to produce fruit, which makes it ideal for growing in a container.
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