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Peach Tree Growing

Peach Tree Growing

Peach Trees originate from China and now thrive on a commercial basis in Mediterranean areas. They require a sunny site and protection from frost when in blossom. For these reasons, they are not suitable for areas prone to hard frost.


Latin Name
Prunus persica

Hardy deciduous tree

Site and Soil
Sunny south facing wall. Not suitable for areas prone to hard frost. Soil well drained, well-dug and composted before planting.

Plant to Harvest Time
3 years

How Many?
20kg (45lb) for a fan-trained tree.

GardenAction does not recommend growing free-standing peach trees anywhere in cooler areas such as the UK. It is prone to failure and will take several years.  However, when peaches are grown as a fan-trained tree against a south-facing wall, in many cooler areas they will produce a large crop of delicious fruit. 

If your area is on the cool side or you cannot find a patch of ground which gets full sun the best alternative is to grow your peach tree in a container or pot. Click right for more information on growing a peach tree in a container.

Home-grown peaches will be far better than those available from the shops. Commercially grown peaches are harvested before they are ripe, and for this reason never develop the full taste of tree-ripened fruit.

Where To Grow Peaches

Correct positioning and soil type are the key to growing peaches successfully. Peaches produce blossom in early spring and this can easily be damaged by frosts. For this reason a south-facing wall (house walls are ideal) protected from wind is the only satisfactory site. A fully-grown fan peach tree will have a spread of approximately 5m (16ft) and a height of 2.5m (8ft), so the wall needs to be large enough to allow for this growth. Peach trees in pots

Also bear in mind that wire supports will need to be nailed to the wall to train the branches.

Peach Picture

The soil should be well-dug to a depth of 75cm (2ft 6in) a couple of months before planting with plenty of compost being added. 

The aim is to ensure that the soil is capable of holding water, but at the same time drain well. The soil should be medium (neither too acidic nor too alkaline). 


Name: jim@GardenAction
Date posted: December 24, 2011 - 05:13 am
Message: Leave the pruning until later.

Name: Barry Bush
Date posted: December 24, 2011 - 01:08 am
Message: Hi yhanks for the information on peach trees. I have just been given one and have put in a big pot. Should i have to prune it or not. Thanks

Name: rahulan
E-mail: Private
Date posted: October 18, 2011 - 11:03 am
Message: we live in Stoke on Teant. we have south and west facing spot. we would like plant a peach tree. Could you please give us advice?

Name: Male Daniel
Date posted: September 24, 2011 - 08:41 am
Message: i still need to plant them but no acess to seeds. how can i get.i stay in south Sudan. all things at start up. help me.

Name: kevin
Date posted: September 18, 2011 - 02:40 pm
Message: ps.:i live in south africa

Name: kevin
E-mail: Private
Date posted: September 18, 2011 - 02:34 pm
Message: my peach tree fruit is being eaten by yellow hardshelled bugs ive tried spraying it with malathion(followed the directions about mixture and when to apply) but it doesnt also has leaf curl.what can i do????

Name: Johnny
Date posted: July 25, 2011 - 02:19 pm
Message: p.s i live in kentucky

Name: Johnny
E-mail: Private
Date posted: July 25, 2011 - 02:14 pm
Message: Hello, My peach trees had lots of peaches but all on one tree dried up and left nothing but the seeds rapped in the remains on the skin of the fruit. but my other tree did really good why is this? p.s I only have two trees...


Name: ziba
E-mail: Private
Date posted: June 06, 2011 - 12:57 am
Message: Hi, we had four peach trees in our garden. last year they had many peaches but lost most of them before riping. We add compost in winter but this year all the trees are dried.
Is it natural for peach trees to live only few years as we were told?

Name: ziba
Date posted: June 06, 2011 - 12:54 am
Message: Hi, we had four peach trees in our garden. last year they had many peaches but lost most of them before riping. We add compost in winter but this year all the trees are dried.
Is it natural for peach trees to live only few years as we were told?

Name: Chowdhury
E-mail: Private
Date posted: May 28, 2011 - 07:45 am
Message: Hi, I'm from bangladesh. How do i start plant a peachtree.
Thank you.

Name: shahs
Date posted: December 19, 2010 - 08:41 am
Message: review on different peach varieties and timing of budding to bud take success.

Name: Susan
E-mail: Private
Date posted: November 21, 2010 - 10:23 am
Message: We have a young Peach Tree (about 8 months old) that has been growing quite well. However, we had quite a bit of rain and wind last night and this morning all the leaves are off the tree.

We live in the central valley in California and the nights this past week has been in the upper 40s and 50-60s during the day.

Is it natural/common for the peach tree to loose it's leaves?

thank you.

Name: tazmin
Date posted: October 25, 2010 - 11:17 am
Message: how do you planta peachtree ?

Name: john smalley
Date posted: October 09, 2010 - 11:17 pm
Message: how do i start a peachtree from a seed,how do i get a peach seed to germinate?