Peach Bud/Bloom cold weather hardiness is a topic that has been touched on in many other posts but I would like to revisit it again. Which peaches did best for 2017 for Bud/Bloom hardiness? I live in Zone 7A and it is extremely rare to get below 0F so I assume Bud Green Tip forward to full bloom is the risk period for my area,
Olpea in an another older thread published a bud hardiness rating to the trees he grows which I published again below (all credit goes to Olpea).
Olpea’s rating system:
The ratings are as follows:
1=very poor (almost a blank tree),
3=fair (not super happy, but something I can live with)
4=good (very full crop-would require some thinning)
5=excellent (almost as if the cold never touched it)
*** Again the ratings were plagiarized from a prior Olpea post - thanks Olpea ***
What other trees offer good bud/bloom hardiness? Some trees that I would like to hear about include Intrepid, Veteran, PF24C, Jefferson, Monroe, PF1, PF5D/B, Autumn Flame, PF 8 Eight Ball, Fingerlakes Super Hardy, Evelyn, Hale Haven, JJ Hale, Crimson Rocket, Elegant Lady, China Pearl, Challenger and Polly. Any other hardy or not so hardy peaches that people would like to share?
Even though I am not a commercial grower my goal is to have reliable fruit production for decent peaches throughout the season, not necessarily the best peaches. Getting frost tolerant peaches is a big part of the puzzle for me.
As always thanks in advance to the feedback and knowledge shared on this forum.