If you’re from Georgia it’s likely you’ve been eating peaches your entire life. Many discover that growing peaches, like most other fruits, is no small venture. If you want to start from the seed, you’ll have to wait a good three to four years before you even see a peach. Luckily orchards like us keep peaches ready for you. There are many other fun things to know about our ever-popular sweet and fuzzy fruit.
- Climate matters – Peaches are pretty specific in terms of growth climate. They need lots of direct sunlight, warmth, and a water source that increases as the harvest gets closer. They are also sensitive to cold and frost. Because of these climate needs, Georgia and South Carolina with their moderate southern temperatures and hot summers are ideal for peach growth.
- Peaches are a summer fruit – Reece Orchards only offers peaches from July to mid-September because this is when they peak in ripeness. They begin to blossom in the spring but are at their most delicious juiciness in late summer.
- Peach trees are self-pollinating – Some trees require pollination from an outside source, like a bee transferring pollen from plant to plant for reproduction. Peach trees do this on their own. But to ensure peak pollination, plant about three peach trees in close proximity to one another.
- Peaches continue to ripen after picked – Because of this, peaches can be plucked from the tree early. As they ripen, they get softer. The softer the peach, the sweeter it will be. In fact, it’s better to pick your peaches slightly before they ripen completely.
- Trees can last 20 years – That’s right. With proper care, pruning and climate, a peach tree is able to yield fruit for roughly 15 to 20 years. That’s a lot of sweetness.
There are many other things to know about peaches and cultivating peach trees. Of course you could go through all of this yourself but wouldn’t it be much easier to leave all the heavy lifting to someone else? We think so. And because you can easily freeze peaches in airtight bags, only buy them during their peak season in late summer, from the Peach State itself, Georgia.