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Peach Tree, ‘Belle of Georgia’

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The ‘Belle of Georgia’ peach is spicy, sweet and juicy. It has creamy, white flesh with tinges of red and the outside has a nice scarlet blush. The flesh is very firm and the peach is highly flavored. This is a heavy-bearing, high quality peach. It is an excellent freestone peach and the freestone characteristic makes it easy to eat. ‘Belle of Georgia’ is considered a heirloom cultivar. It will ripen in August, and requires 800 chill hours. This midseason peach is vigorous and frost tolerant, a heavy bearer.

This antique variety is has long been held in the memories of southern childhoods as one of the best peaches ever eaten. The large freestone peach ripens with a slight blush. White and melting, the very sweet flesh is excellent for fresh eating and ice cream. This variety tends to bloom in mid spring with bright pink flowers. Almost all peaches are self-fertile and require no pollinators. They will set heavy crops on single trees, which need heavy and aggressive thinning early in the season for best fruit size.

The peach is the most adaptable of all fruit trees for home gardens. When planting, they should be spaced to allow a spread of 20 feet. At 3 or 4 years of age they begin to bear large crops and reach peak productivity at 8 to 12 years. Peaches need clear, hot weather during their growing season and require well-drained soil as well as a regular fertilizing program. They also require heavier pruning than any other fruit trees to maintain size and encourage new growth. Most peach varieties are self-pollinating, not requiring a second tree. Cannot tolerate extreme winter cold or late frost.

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Plant Details +

Height 15-25' or as pruned
Spacing 12-14'
Hardiness Zone 5-8, -10º to -20ºF
Exposure Full sun
Foliage Green
Fruit White flesh and scarlet blush
Harvest August

General Information +

Botanical: Prunus persica 'Belle of Georgia'

Family: Rosaceae

Cultivator Type: Peach, 'Belle of Georgia'

Tip: Belle of Georgia' is well adapted to the Southeast, Mid-Atlantic and some areas of the Midwest. Water regularly during first growing season to establish deep root system.

Use: White flesh, freestone peach. Firm texture & sweet, spicy flavor. Fruits, Desserts, Landscape, Trees.

Planting/Care Instructions +

Pollinator: Self-pollinating

Moisture: Average Water. Water regularly as needed.

Planting Instructions: May be planted in any well-drained soil. 1. Dig a hole large enough to encompass the roots without bending or circling. 2. Set the tree in place so the crown (part of the tree where the root meets the stem) is about 1-2 inches below the soil surface. 3. Cover with soil to the original soil surface and water thoroughly.

Fruit Tree Production: Planting Conditions: When choosing a site to plant your fruit tree(s), there are several factors to consider. 1. Consider the MATURE SIZE of the tree when picking a location and provide adequate space for the tree to mature. A good rule of thumb is to space trees ½ of their mature spread, i.e., if a tree has a mature spread of 20', plant each tree no closer than 10'. Also keep this in mind when planting near structures. 2. Fruit trees prefer full sun. Do not plant trees under other shade trees or near tall structures that will cast shade upon the tree. 3. Plant in well drained soil. Fruit trees do not like to have "wet-feet", in other words, they do not like to be in soils that drain slowly or hold water. Pollination When fruit trees produce a large spring bloom, it does not guarantee a plentiful harvest. Successful pollination must occur to produce viable seed, which leads to the development of fruit. There are several ways in which pollination can occur: some fruit trees are "self-pollinating", others are partially self-fertile and require another tree to provide pollen, usually from the same type of tree but a different variety. Pollination Tips: 1. Plant two or more varieties of the same tree. This is the most reliable way of ensuring successful fruit. This is a good idea even with trees that are self-fertile as more fruit set is likely when they are cross-pollinated. 2. Attract bees to your yard. Bees are the number one source for pollination in all fruits. 3. Avoid using insecticides. Although insecticides can benefit by killing harmful garden pests, they also can kill beneficial insects (bees) and therefore should be used only when absolutely necessary. It is NEVER recommended to use insecticides near your fruit trees when they are in bloom. Growing 1. Thin Fruit. After fruit set, if the tree has produced a large amount of fruit and when the fruits are still small, remove 20-35% of the fruits. This will allow the plant to put all of its energy into the remaining fruits, which will in turn produce larger and healthier fruit. If thinning is not done and the plant produces an over-abundance of fruit, it sometimes will throw the tree into a biennial (every other year) producer. Therefore, it is important to thin fruit when the tree produces a large amount of fruit. 2. Rake Leaves. Do not allow fruit tree leaves to fall and remain on the ground under your trees. They can produce spores that can be harmful to the fruit tree. It is important to remove the leaves in the fall before winter. 3. Pruning. Prune during late winter or early spring before the tree breaks dormancy. It is recommended to prune trees on a yearly basis. 4. Cultural Practices. In areas that mice and rabbits are a problem, wrap the trunk of the tree with a quality tree wrap. Also, avoid mechanical injury with weed-eaters and lawn mowers as damaging the bark near the base of the tree can limit fruit production, stunt growth, and in some cases lead to the death of the tree.