Allstar Peach Tree
The Allstar peach tree is a popular choice, prized for its large, round, freestone peaches with vibrant red skin and sweet, juicy yellow flesh, perfect for fresh consumption, cooking, or canning. In late August, these vigorous and relatively disease-resistant trees ripen their fruit, ready for multiple pickings when they turn red and slightly soft. Allstar peaches contain vitamin C, vitamin A, and potassium, and can be enjoyed fresh, in salads, desserts, grilled dishes, or preserved for later use. It is essential to select a sunny, well-drained spot, amend the soil, provide adequate spacing, water regularly, fertilize in spring, and prune in late winter for Allstar peach trees to thrive.
- Hardiness Zones: 5-8
- Pollination: Self Fertile
- Disease Resistance: good disease resistance
- Harvest Period: late summer
How to Water a Allstar Peach Tree
- Water your tree with a garden hose or a watering can.
- Water the tree deeply when you see the soil has dried out.
- Additionally, water the tree slowly and evenly all around the root zone.
- In fact, avoid splashing the leaves with water, as this can cause fungal diseases.
- Let the soil dry out between waterings.
- Mulch around the base of the tree in order to help retain moisture and reduce weed growth.
- Lastly, provide supplemental water during periods of drought or dry weather.
- Follow this link for more detailed instructions on how to water a peach tree.
Planting and Caring for a Allstar Peach Tree
- Upon arrival, keep peach trees in a cool, shaded place. Soak in water for 6-24 hours if in transit for over 4 days. If delayed planting, keep roots moist and in plastic wrap.
- Choose well-draining, loamy soil with slight acidity (pH 6.0-6.5). Test soil, add compost for nutrients, and till for better root growth.
- Dig a hole 18” deep and wide, keeping soaked tree roots nearby.
- Form a cone of soil in the hole, ensuring roots spread downwards. Trim roots if needed. Grafted tree’s union should be 2 inches above ground.
- For dwarf or semi-dwarf trees, install a sturdy 8’-10’ stake next to the tree.
- Fill hole halfway with dug-out soil, press down with feet, avoiding fertilizer in root area. Complete filling and press soil again.
- Water with 1-2 gallons immediately after planting. Water 1-2 times a week for the first year, adjust after establishment.
- Shape the tree into an open center/vase form. Remove lower branches and central growth, leaving 3-5 main branches.
- Use tree guards to fend off rodents. Mulch around the base for moisture retention and weed prevention, avoiding direct contact with the trunk.
- Remember that planting should be enjoyable and a shared experience. Have fun learning and growing together!
- For more detailed instructions on how to plant a peach tree, follow this article.
What is a Rootstock?
A rootstock controls the tree’s size, precocity, cold hardiness, and partly its disease resistance (such as fireblight). In order to grow a reliable and high quality fruit tree, growers graft the scion, which is above the ground and responsible for the fruit’s characteristics and disease resistance, onto the rootstock, which is underground.
How to Choose a Rootstock?
A rootstock that grows well in one location, may not grow well in another. Therefore you must consider your specific site considerations before choosing a rootstock. When choosing a rootstock, some considerations for growers are
- what size tree is optimal for your site
- how well the rootstock adapts to your soil
- the disease pressure on your site
- how well the rootstock anchors
- precocity (bearing fruit at a younger age)
If you are new to rootstock, don’t worry! We aim to grow our trees on reliable and virus free rootstocks.
How to Prune a Allstar Peach Tree?
For more detailed instruction on how to prune fruit trees, follow this article.
- First, prune Allstar Peach Tree in late winter or early spring, before it begins to flower.
- Cut off any dead, diseased, or damaged branches.
- Remove any crossing, upright, and downward branches, leaving branches that grow outward.
- Prune to an open center or modified central leader shape.
- Cut back branches that are too long or have grown too close to the ground.
- Thin out the branches to allow more air and light to penetrate the center of the tree.
- Remove any suckers (new shoots growing from the base of the tree)
- Lastly, prune with a smile on your face and enjoy the beauty of your tree!