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 Hi there,

I am looking at getting a dwarf peach tree and was wondering which is the best variety for Brisbane area and since it is not that cold here will it bear fruit, any advice would be helpful and possibily the name of a good source.

cheers,

Thanks everybody for all your assistance most helpful.

cheers,

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Comment by Sophie on July 1, 2020 at 11:18

I've got 2 florda prince and they are great. You can prune easily

Comment by Christa on June 30, 2020 at 17:34

This is from my experience, which is amateurish, but as soon as the fruit is picked, we prune back to little finger thickness and leave wood about 18 inches long to an outer facing bud.  This is done when weather is still warm. Keep the top open so sunlight reaches most of the foliage.  

In winter, cut off diseased wood and pick up any curly leaf drop etc, and dispose of leaves- not in compost. The dried wood makes good kindling wood and smoke wood. 

Keep in mind that it is easier to net if the tree is kept to adult height.   

We have a large persimmon tree and it is often better to knock down upper out of reach green fruit, and bag lower fruit.  This will give larger fruit to feast on. 

If you intend to bottle excess fruit, then think about slip stone type peaches where the seeds comes away from the fruit easier when halving or cutting slices.  

Comment by Doug Hanning on June 30, 2020 at 16:20

I know nothing about stonefruit. Do the fruit only come on new growth from that spring? Rachel has been hassling me to get a peach and nectarine and I have resisted so far as I know it will be me netting the tree. How long are they from fruit set to ripe, trying to figure out how long the net will be on and if fruit are picked by december I can then move nets to mangos. My other nets are used for lychees that time of year. I was looking at a tropic snow and an angel flat peach. I agree with Christa in that most dwarf fruit trees are not vigorous enough to produce good fruit quantity.

Comment by Christa on June 30, 2020 at 10:33

Ross, Is there a particular reason for choosing a dwarf peach tree?  Sometimes it would be for a small space or for easy fruit access.  Netting is easier for a dwarf fruit tree.  

I have had a dwarf peach tree and also a peach standard which died. The dwarf was Sunset Backyard Beauty. This is in a large pot and growing but not thriving.  I have only had 2 fruit from this tree.  

My best peach variety is Tropic snow, which has large white peach flesh.  We keep it cut down to about 6 ft after fruiting. The other is China flat, an old yellow variety which does ok.  Recently we bought one at the right price from Bunnies, it was White Opal which is healthy looking but not fruited yet.

You can choose a slip stone or cling stone type and I personally feel that you are better off growing a larger plant and controlling the height after harvesting the fruit. We need fruit fly nets here in Queensland as they are prone to stinging.  

The best fruit tree of this type I have ever had was a Peachcot, it gave me a case of fruit each season, but we lost a lot to fruit fly.

Comment by Doug Hanning on June 29, 2020 at 18:54

Daleys have some youtube videos on a few varieties.

But at the moment they dont have any bare root ones for sale.

Comment by Susan on June 29, 2020 at 18:14

Hi Ross, 

Actually, there are quite a few subtropical peaches that do extremely well in brisbane.   I have florda prince that has done well for years.  I bought a subtropical angel peach variety last year and got 2 fruit which were amazing.  This year, it is absolutely covered.   

Word of warning.... YOU MUST NET THE FRUIT.  You will lose all your fruit to fruit fly otherwise. 

This was from my 2018 october blog. 

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