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Prof Malherbe Peach Tree


Prunus Persica ‘Prof Malherbe’

Professor Malherbe is a large yellow cling peach that ripens at the end of November. Because of its low chill requirements, it can be planted in warmer climates. However, hot climates like Durban are unsuitable for growing peach trees.

It is very similar to the Oom Sarel yellow cling, a nice large, hard peach, which usually ripens mid-December.

Peach trees should not be planted next to tomatoes and potatoes 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 fertilizer for peach trees.

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Position – Full sun, although they can tolerate some shade. They will yield more fruit the more sun they receive and grow more vigorously.

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 but prefer slightly acidic soil. Loosen the soil in the area before planting to about 1.5mts depth. 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 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 inside of your peach tree regularly in Spring and early Autumn to prevent it from growing too large. This will also allow light into the centre of the tree, which ripens the fruit quicker. It will be easier to harvest the fruit.

Cut out dead or diseased branches completely whenever they appear and dispose of them immediately.

Weight 1 kg
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