Reliance Peach Tree Overview
The Reliance peach tree is one of the most cold hardy and reliable peach trees out there with a remarkable flavor. It was created in New Hampshire in 1964 and has become a favorite of northern growers. Moreover it ripens 2-3 weeks before Elberta. Since it is self-pollinating, you won’t need other trees to help it fruit. We grow this peach tree on Lovell rootstock, one of the regular peach tree rootstocks. If you would like more information on how to plant and grow this tree, see our guide.
As with other peach trees, you will need to water the Reliance peach tree once a week during its first year and during the fruiting season. If there is drought, you can water more frequently. This tree needs moist but well-draining soil. In order to retain the moisture, you can place mulch around the tree. Additionally, be sure to clear the weeds next to the tree since this will decrease the competition for nutrients. You can harvest when the flesh gives slightly and the peach pulls away from the tree easily.
- Uses: Eating fresh and cooking
- Taste: Blend of sweet and tart, juicy texture
- Size: Medium – large
- Color: Yellow with a pink blush
- Type: Freestone
- Hardiness Zones: 4-8
- Harvest period: August
- Pollination: Self-Pollinating
- Cultivation: This peach tree grows best in full sun with loamy well drained soil with a pH of 6.0-7.0. Since it is vigorous and productive, it will require thinning.