Growing Apricot & Peach Kernels
How to Grow Apricot & Peach Kernels
Growing peaches at home is challenging but truly rewarding. Harvesting fresh peaches from one’s own backyard is incomparable. However, some homeowners prefer not to plant peaches because they can consume a lot of space. Most people do not know that they can actually plant them in large containers. Peaches can grow well with proper care and a good environment. Space will not be a problem at all.
Peaches plants or Prunus persica are a kind of fruit tree, and they are extremely tender. They are highly sensitive to temperature. The most important point in growing peaches is that they should be protected from severe winter cold and spring frost. Peaches bloom in the summer. They grow well in a sandy type of soil with a slightly acidic to neutral pH. With this, it is important that homeowners choose the best species of peaches that are suitable to grow in their specific climate. There are some varieties that can grow in colder areas. However, they require twice as much care as those planted in an ideal environment.
Benefits of Growing Peaches at Home
Peaches originally came from China over a thousand years ago. They have countless benefits in addition to being a delectably refreshing fruit. These fruits contain ten different vitamins. This includes small traces of vitamins E and K along with higher amounts of vitamins A and E. Peaches are rich in antioxidants that can help the body get rid of harmful free radicals.
In addition, peaches are also a good source of thiamin, riboflavin, niacin, vitamin B-6, pantothenic acid and folate. A large peach can contains 333 milligrams of potassium. This important mineral helps the body maintain a normal blood pressure and protects against bone loss and kidney stones. Other minerals present include phosphorus, magnesium, manganese, calcium, iron and copper.
Peaches also have medicinal benefits. An infusion of dry leaves has antitussive properties while its flowers have a laxative effect. They also protect the gastric mucous membrane from irritation through their emollient properties. In addition, an infusion of dry flowers can effectively stop vomiting. This is especially true for pregnancy-induced vomiting.
Peach pulps also offer treatment for some common skin problems like dry skin. Juice from leaves can be used as a topical treatment for pimples, face blemishes, spots and pustules. From fruits to leaves and flowers, peaches definitely have a purpose. Planting them at home means getting access to safe and fast relief for common health problems.
How to Grow Peaches at Home
- Before deciding to plant peach trees, it is best to locate a reputable garden dealer or nursery first. Ask their professionals about the best varieties to plant in the area. Moreover, some peaches that have white flesh while others have golden flesh. There are some popular peach varieties. Each has its own distinct taste and appearance.
• Garden Gold is a large-sized peach. It bears soft and freestone fruit. • Honey Babe peaches feature sweet, golden, freestone and firm fruit. They grow very slowly, but the plants bear fruit very early. • Elberta peach trees also bears freestone fruits that are sweet and juicy. • O’Henry peach produces tasty fruits that are large and firm with golden or white flesh. • Cresthaven peaches have smooth skin that is golden yellow. • Red Haven bears large yellow and creamy flesh peaches.
It is best to purchase dormant medium-sized trees that are 9/16 to 11/16 inches in diameter. Choose trees that are a couple of years old. With this, gardeners do not have to wait for a long time to grow them. These trees can bear fruit after a couple of years.
Choose a suitable soil type with a pH around 6.5. Make sure to eliminate quack grasses and perennial weeds. The best time to plant peaches is in early spring or as soon as the soil dries enough. Plant the trees before the buds break. It is also important to plant each tree about 12 to 15 feet apart. Peaches love the sun. It is important that they get at least 8 hours of exposure every day.
Water peaches regularly. It is also best to apply fertilizer about a week or ten days after planting. Apply one pound of garden fertilizer for young trees and two pounds for the mature trees. The amount should be adjusted depending on the tree’s growth.
Prune peach trees in order to develop and maintain their shape and size. Late April is the best time to do so. This allows homeowners to avoid problems with space. However, they should be careful when pruning as they may damage some parts that will compromise fruit bearing. Pruning at planting requires the removal of limbs that grow 15 inches or less from the ground. Meanwhile, young trees should be free from any branches that grow straight up towards the tree’s center.