Tomatoes and potatoes should be kept away from peach trees, as they spread blight. Also, avoid planting raspberry bushes near peach trees. However, planting chamomile and comfrey adds nutrients to the soil, serving as a natural fertiliser for peach trees.
Position – Full sun, although they can tolerate some shade they will yield more fruit the more sun they receive and grow more vigorously
They are really easy to grow
Size – Peach trees can grow to about 8-10 metres tall. Plan the site before planting keeping the tree away from external walls, electrical lines and other trees. Plant in a protected area if possible as strong winds can damage branches and leaves.
Soil Type – Peach trees are not fussy about soil type although they prefer slightly acidic soil. Loosen the soil in the area before planting about 1.5mts depth in your normal garden soil and good drainage is important.
Mulch – Add a thick layer of pine-bark mulch keeping about 20-30cms away from the tree trunk. This will keep the soil moist and keep the weeds at bay.
Watering – Water every second day after transplanting for about a week, thereafter reduce to twice a week in dry or hot weather for the next 2-3 months.
Water every couple of weeks if there is no rain. Too much water can cause root rot, but do not allow the roots to dry out completely.
Pruning – Prune the top and sides of your peach tree regularly in Spring and early Autumn to prevent it growing too large which will also allow light into the centre of the tree. It will be easier to harvest the fruit.
Cut out dead or diseased branches completely whenever they appear and dispose of them immediately.