Some folks have had some questions about blooms, what they look like and what order. Thought I’d walk through the orchard with some pictures. Maybe it will answer some questions.
These danm things may be froze off this weekend.
Thanks for posting. It doesn’t look like a lot of blossoms yet, other than the 'cot, which is expected. Are they blooming at their normal times this year?
I was just out to get the mail and saw my wild plum has several blooms opened up, along a few on my Juliet cherry bush. None of the four peaches have a lot of blooms open yet. The Contender has a couple, but the Blushingstar is just showing some leaves. Same with Coralstar and Redhaven. Do peaches typically bloom out at the same time or is it spread out over a week or more?
Are you expecting any fruit from your Challenger trees, or are they still too young to bear?
Thank you for posting these pictures. You would be the person with extensive peach experience. We should use this thread to compare our peach flowers and, when possible, verify if we grow a correct variety. Showy vs non-showy is a good example.
Also, people could post pictures of flowers of peach varieties that are less common such as Black Boy, Shui Mai Tao, Sanguine Tardive, Rio Oso Gem, etc. So, we will know what their flowers look like.
@scottfsmith probably has the largest collection of unusual peach varieties among us.
There is a lot of conflicting info on the details of Reliance peach blooms. But the preponderance of testimony is that the blooms are non-showy.
I’ve grown reliance. As I recall, the blooms were non-showy. @alan has also mentioned the blooms are non-showy in the past. Most of the later blooming stuff is non-showy. That’s just the way it goes with peaches.
I always assumed that bloom size was a major indicator of showy vs non-showy blooms. From a Virginia Tech Bulletin:
Blossom types – Most commercial varieties have showy blossoms , which are flowers with large pink petals. Non - showy blossoms have smaller redder petals. … These varieties often have fibrous flesh. Most early-season peach and nectarine varieties are clingstones.
The USDA Peach ands Nectarine Guide describes Reliance Bloom as nonshowy: large size.
So if I read this correctly you can have non-showy large peach blooms? I am curious now what blooms my Reliance has on it, they are definitely larger.
There seems to be slightly different definitions of showy vs. non showy. This is probably responsible for some of the confusion in bloom descriptions of various cultivars.
Most of the blooms are fairly straightforward on being either showy or non showy. That is, a typical non showy bloom will have smaller redder petals which don’t lay flat. Or a typical showy bloom will have large pinkish petals which lay flat.
I may have made a mistake on correctly identifying the blooms on busch83’s Reliance peach above because it’s not a close up photo. It’s hard to see from the pic, but it looks to me the the petals are big and pink (i.e. showy), which wouldn’t match Reliance.
I disagree with part of the Virginia Tech bulletin. Namely, I think it goes a bit far to say most commercial varieties have showy blooms. That may be true for some southern commercial growers, and perhaps CA varieties, but in the northern part of the nation (i.e. MI, NJ, etc.) it’s probably a pretty even split of showy vs. non showy, with perhaps a little more non showy.
For me, the non showy blooms tend to be more productive trees than showy ones.
I may have mixed up the Reliance and Majestic. I have the tree tagged but was labeling off of memory. One certainly is less “showy” than the others. The blooms have a less stunning color with stubby, more conical, flowers.
Wild plum, transplanted a couple years ago. The tree was buzzing with activity, although not a lot of honey bees, mostly bumblebees and smaller insects. The tree is quite fragrant, no wonder it’s attracting pollinators.