Growing Peaches at the Allotment

Growing Peaches at the Allotment

Sweet and juicy peaches follow pretty blossom on these stunning trees that can be successful in the UK, in the right growing conditions. 

Peach trees like a sunny and sheltered spot; ideally south-facing and they can be grown in the soil or in containers. They can also be grown in an unheated greenhouse as they do need a period of dormancy.

You can train and prune Peach trees to grow against a wall or structure too.

Peach trees are similar to nectarines in both appearance and taste, although Nectarines can be a bit more difficult to cultivate.

Peach trees that are dormant bareroots can be planted in autumn to early spring. Container grown Peaches can be planted at any time, but it is best to avoid planting during summer as it will require a tremendous amount of watering. 

Plant the Peach tree in well-drained soil and add mulch to retain moisture and supress the weeds. Water regularly until the tree is established, and for container grown trees - they will require watering more frequently. However, do not let Peach trees become water-logged, which will cause root rot.

Peach trees will require protection from frosts when it is blossoming to ensure it crops fruit. Ripening fruits will also need protection from birds and squirrels.

Peaches are ready to harvest July - August when they have coloured and feel soft. They will gently pull off the stem.

Peaches can be enjoyed fresh and cooked in desserts.

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Growing Peaches in Summary

Planting Peaches

  • Plant dormant bareroots in autumn to early spring
  • Plant container grown anytime but avoid mid summer
  • Plant in a sunny and sheltered position

Growing Peaches

  • Water well until established
  • Protect from frosts and birds and squirrels
  • Prune during early spring

Harvesting Peaches

  • Harvest July-August
  • Pick by pulling gently
  • Peach is coloured and soft when ripened