Low Chill Hours & Easy Care - Pick Peaches in the First 1-3 Years!
The tasty FlordaCrest peach tree is the best overall peach for North Florida —and for good reason! It was created by the University of Florida and has become very popular recently.
The Florida peach tree produces delicious red-skinned and yellow-fleshed fruit that ripens in mid-May and requires 350 chill hours. The Florida Crest will flower beginning in February and should be fertile in early spring for best results.
This peach variety is semi-clingstone meaning its yellow flesh will grip the fruit’s pit even while eating. These fleshed peach stone fruits have a long shelf life and are relatively disease-resistant.
The cross-pollination from this tree is excellent for other peaches, plum, and nectarine trees. Fun fact: peaches and nectarines are the same species. Nectarines are commonly referred to as different. This is because of the absence of 1 gene that causes the loss of the fruit-skin trichomes that make it fuzz-less.
HOW TO TAKE CARE OF A PEACH TREE
This Florida crest peach cultivar is low maintenance and prefers well-drained and sandy loam soils as well as full sun exposure. Florida Peach tree care consists of watering regularly, especially during dry periods, which will ensure good health for this peach tree especially during the first year of planting. Water thoroughly the first year of planting to establish a strong root system.
Prunus persica FlordaCrest peach tree size can get up to 12-15 feet tall and wide making it a perfect peach fruit tree for small spaces. Produces fruit in 1-3 years after planting.
A slow-release fertilizer or 10-10-10 fertilizer will help the planted peach tree’s growing conditions. Apply at the base of the tree. Fertilizer helps with brown rot and peach leaf curling. As young peach trees, they require an inch of water per week during the growing season.
Prune the peach tree annually for diseased or dead branches. Prune the side branches and thin the fruit if the branch becomes too heavy.
This red blush variety ripens in early summer and can be grown in the department of agriculture zones 6-10 of the southern United States. A true fruit tree of the deep south. We have even seen these mature trees growing in central Florida and south Florida.
If you live in an area with warmer summers, you can always grow your peach in a large container and move to the shade in the hot summer heat. The same goes for areas lower than USDA zone 8, move the tree indoors in the winter.
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Check out the Peach Grow Guide for more information on growing peaches in your backyard!
Once your FlordaCrest Peach Tree order is placed, we will ship your plant(s) within seven business days year round unless during the checkout process you request otherwise in the space provided to do so.
Perfect Plants’ shipping specialists carefully package your plants using a proven packaging method that ensures your plants arrive healthy, colorfully alive and ready to flourish. We’ve coined the term ‘upside down box test’ and we do just that; we carefully package so that regardless of the direction your box is handled, it will not harm your precious plant that’s inside.
No shipping process is without a problem from time to time. On rare occasions some plants may experience some of the following during their transit: drooping, minor leaf-loss and/or minimal yellowing/discoloration, minor limb damage, etc. These instances are quite rare, but can happen when shipping plants in boxes.
Plants normally recover within a few weeks after planting. If a damaged box has injured your plant on the inside, please notify us within 5 days of receiving you package(s) by emailing us a photograph of the damage.
We always do our very best to ensure that your plants are packed and shipped in the safest, gentlest and most effective way possible.
Will my plants and trees look like the photographs?
Absolutely! Unlike other online nurseries, our photos are of actual plants and trees we’ve grown here, on our family operated nursery.
Growing our own plants and trees helps to ensure we ship you the best quality plants that are free of pests and diseases.
Your plants and trees may however not ship with flowers on them, like the photographs. This all depends on the time of year you buy your plant or tree. Crape Myrtle trees, for example, only bloom during the summer months, so if you purchase one during the spring or fall, they would ship without flowers. Once planted, your plants will grow and thrive giving you flowers for many years to come!
Pot sizes (commonly referred to in gallons) are shipped in the same size nursery trade pots which may vary in actual volume. Some plants may have been at the approximate pot size listed, but require excess dirt to be removed so that you will not be paying any additional shipping costs. This doesn’t happen very often though.
Our shipping charges are based on the value of your order and the destination it is being shipped. Please see the chart on the Shipping Info page to get an exact amount. We frequently have a free shipping promotion to help you save!
Choose a planting location that offers adequate sunlight and shade in a low traffic area. Allow proper clearance for the mature growth size. Well-drained soil is ideal. Water regularly for the first planted year to ensure adequate water is available for establishing a strong root system. Prune as necessary to remove any damaged or dead foliage and to promote a well-balanced structure.
Dig a hole approximately twice as wide as your new plant’s root ball and deep enough so that the top of the root ball is equal with the ground level.
Loosen the root ball using a small garden spade or by hand. Breaking smaller outer roots can encourage growth into the new soil, but take care to not damage large primary roots.
Place the plant in the hole and ensure that it is situated evenly upright. Use the excavated soil to fill in around the root ball, using your foot to pack it in firmly. Thoroughly soak with a hose as you fill in the dirt. Take great care to not leave any gaps or air spaces around the root ball as this could kill the plant.
A 2-4 inch layer of mulch is strongly recommended to help retain moisture and discourage weed growth. Apply mulch over the entire planting area but keep away from the stems or trunk by a few inches. Ensure that the plant and surrounding soil is completely soaked with water.
To ensure the proper nutrients are available for the life of your plant our proprietary Perfect Plants Special Blend Soil and a once yearly application of Nutricote Total 360 Fertilizer are great considerations for your new plants!
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I love this tree! I live in Pensacola florida and grow this in my backyard orchard. Very pleased
My tree came with Peaches! What a surprise! My tree will do very well here (planting in Florida) 5 stars because tree came with 5 little peaches already growing.
Received expert advise and a great tree!