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The Best Soil for Peach Trees

By Annie Carter ; Updated September 21, 2017
Peach trees need well-drained clay or sandy soil.

Peach trees are sought after due to their sweet fruit and beautiful blossoms. Because they are prone to many different diseases and pests, only dedicated gardeners should plant these trees. However, should you want to plant one, use the right kind of soil for it to thrive.

Soil Conditions

Peach trees require well-drained soil that is moist and acidic. They tolerate both clay and sandy soils. The soil needs a pH level at or above 6.0 for optimum results. Anything under 6.0 and you should add lime before planting, according to Texas A&M University Extension horticulturists.


While peach trees prefer full sun, they tolerate partial-sun or partial-shade locations. In order for them to get the right amount of sun, thin out the branches each year. They do best in U.S. Department of Agriculture plant hardiness zones 5 through 8.


If you want to fertilize your peach tree, use a half a pound concentration of 10-10-10 about a week after planting and again 40 days after planting. After the tree's first year, use 3/4 pound in March and again in May.


About the Author


Annie Carter has been been writing in some way for as long as she can remember. However, she has been writing informative articles for the last few years. She has a bachelor's degree in English from Edinboro University. Carter specializes in articles relating to pets, as she has four cats and two dogs of her own.