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Elberta Peach Trees for Sale Online
The Elberta Peach Tree produces one of the world’s most sought after peaches. Highly resistant to insects and hardier than other peach varieties, the Elberta Peach, also known as the Early Peach Tree, delivers some of the sweetest fruit available on the market today. They are self-fertilizing, so one tree will always produce fruit. However, fruit yields are increased if another peach tree is planted nearby.
The Elberta Peach is the original Georgia Peach: since it was introduced in 1889, the Elberta peach has been one of the finest peaches grown. It's become the most planted peach variety in the United States and remains the most popular home garden variety available.
|Mature Height:||12 to 15 feet|
|Mature width:||12 to 15 feet|
|Classification:||Broad leaves, deciduous tree, spring flowering|
|Habit:||Spreading, umbrella shaped canopy|
|Fruit Color:||Coral red with warm yellow highlights|
|Pruning Season:||Late winter|
|Soil Condition:||Any well draining soil|
|Water Requirement:||Water well until established|
|Uses:||Fruit orchards, or can be grown individually|
How to Care for Elberta Peach Tree
Before you buy an Elberta Peach Tree, make sure to read about the recommended care instructions to keep this plant healthy and thriving.
How do I plant my Elberta Peach Tree?
We suggest when planting your new Elberta Peach Tree that you dig a hole twice as wide as the root system but not deeper. You may need to add a locally sourced compost or topsoil to the back-fill soil to help condition the soil with more nutrients. We do not recommend using straight topsoil or compost as a back-fill soil because more times than not these products will retain entirely to much moisture and will cause the root system to rot. Conditioning and amending the soil when planting means that the young feeder roots of your peach tree will have the freedom to extend and grow into their new home. The most common cause of plant death after transplanting is planting the new plant to deep. That is why we do not recommend planting in a hole any deeper than the soil line of the plant in the pot. You should still be able to see the soil the plant was grown in after back-filling the hole.
How much water does a peach tree need?
After carefully planting your new tree, give your Elberta Peach Tree a good, deep first watering. Take your time when watering a plant that is still establishing its root system in its new home. Most of the water you put on the plant at first will run away from the plant until the soil is soaked. Count to 5 for each gallon of pot size - a one gallon pot would be watered until you count to 5, a three gallon pot would be 15 and so on. Water using the counting method every day for the first week, then ever few days for the first 4 to 6 weeks. Gator Bags are a good investment that will help minimize the chore that careful watering can be.
Do peach trees need fertilizer?
Trees such as the Elberta Peach Tree grow best if they are fertilized lightly in the spring once frost has passed with a well-balanced, extended-release, fertilizer such as Espoma Tree-Tone. Then, you can fertilize your Belle of Georgia Peach Trees again 6 to 8 weeks later to encourage denser foliage or faster growth of young trees. We recommend using a Bio-Tone starting fertilizer when planting. In an ideal world, we think you should use an organic method of applying manure and/or compost around the roots. This produces excellent results and also improves the condition of the soil. Organic additions to the soil can also be combined with a shot of chemical fertilizer for maximum tree nutrition.
Do I need to put mulch around an Elberta peach tree?
We highly recommend that you mulch your Belle of Georgia Peach Tree with either a ground hardwood or cypress mulch, depending on what is available. Any type of mulch will do but these kinds will provide better nutrition overall as they breakdown. Mulching helps block the weeds which will compete with your new investment for water and nutrients. A 2 to 3 inch layer of mulch is sufficient. It is better to leave a one inch gap of space between the mulch and the stem or trunk of the plant.