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Prunus persica 'Rochester' (F) AGM

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Characteristics

Plant type

Fruit (edible)

Habit

Bushy

Resilience

Hardiness

H4 (hardy - average winter)

Colour

Flower

Pink in Spring

Foliage

Green in Spring and Summer

Fruit

Gold in Summer

Size

Ultimate height

2.5-4 metres

Ultimate spread

2.5-4 metres

Time to ultimate height

5-10 years


Preferred common name

peach 'Rochester'

Family

Rosaceae


Prunus can be deciduous or evergreen trees or shrubs with showy flowers in spring, and often good autumn foliage colour. Some have edible fruit in autumn, and a few species have ornamental bark

'Rochester' is a yellow-fleshed peach with a reasonable flavour. Fruits are large, juicy, fibrous and gold. Cropping time is around the middle of August

How to grow

Sunlight

  • Full sun

Aspect

  • South-facing or West-facing
  • Sheltered

Cultivation

Grow in a moist, but well-drained soil in full sun. Protect flowers from frosts with horticultural fleece. Best grown fan-trained, although in the south of England can be grown free-standing

Soil

  • Moist but well-drained
  • Acid, Alkaline or Neutral
  • Sand, Chalk or Loam

Propagation

Peaches are propagated by grafting onto a rootstock for fruit. Can also be propagated by seed, but the resulting fruit is likely to be inferior to that of the parent

Suggested planting locations and garden types

Wall-side Borders


How to care

Pruning

Prune established fans in spring and summer. Free standing peaches are pruned in the same way as pruning acid cherries

Pests

Glasshouse red spider mite, aphids, and scale may be problematic, especially on wall-trained specimens or those grown in a glasshouse. Squirrels may damage fruit

Diseases

Protect peaches against peach leaf curl, by covering the plant from autumn to spring. Bacterial canker, silver leaf, brown rot and replant diseases may cause problems