The Discovery Of The Bonfire Peach Tree

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Bonfire Peach Tree With New Fruit

As I mentioned in the Productive Weekend post, we found many things to talk about.  One of those is a tree that has been in the yard since we purchased our home almost four years ago.  I never really researched it until this week.  I knew it was a peach tree of sorts because a couple of years ago, I was out mowing and noticed the fruit.  I stopped by and upon closer inspection, it was a peach.  After plucking it from the tree, I bit into it and I must say it was the sweetest, most delectable peach I’d ever tasted.  A year went by and I never really bothered to look at the tree, other than making sure not to hit it with the lawn mower.

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Crimson Colored Bonfire Peach Saplings Growing Under Tree

Fast forward to this past weekend.  While I was weed-eating grass near the tree, I noticed a couple of reddish-purple saplings coming up from the ground underneath the tree.  These saplings held the same leaves as the peach tree.  This sparked my interest and also my caution as I didn’t want to chop down these plants with my weed-eater.

I knew that in my area of Tennessee you can grow peaches as this county was renowned for them in the early 1900s before blight took hold and wiped out every peach tree in the county according to history.  After doing some research, I found that this type of peach tree is called a “Bonfire Peach” (Prunus Persica).  It’s also known as a “Patio Peach”, meaning you can place the tree into a container and it will still bear fruit.

This afternoon, I went outside to check on the saplings and possibly transplant one into a pot.  After closer inspection, I found two things- The ‘mother’ tree is absolutely full of small peaches and there are more than a couple of saplings underneath the tree.  Without straining my eyes, I was able to count 10!  As I’m writing this, I’m still pretty excited over this news!

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Bonfire Peach Sapling In Container

I decided to dig one of the saplings up and low and behold, I could see the peach seed as I uprooted the plant.  This confirmed my amateur knowledge of horticulture!  I placed the sapling into a small pot of plant and vegetable soil.  I’m sure I’ll re-pot it into a larger container in the coming months.  I just wanted to make sure the transplant will continue to root and grow before I uproot the other 10+ plants!

We may have a peach orchard on our hands before too long!

Do you have any suggestions for growing peach trees?  What are some of the hardest things to overcome while getting your tree to produce fruit?  Leave me a comment below!

Ian

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